Seal of the Prophets

By the middle-ages, the eight-point star is widely used as a symbol in Islamic art. It is called khatim or khatim sulayman, seal of the prophets, as in signet ring. The phrase “seal of the prophets” is also used in the Koran and has particular ideological meaning for Muslims. Moroccan zillij artisans also refer to the eight-point star as sibniyyah, sabniyyah, which is a derivative of the number seven sab’ah.
The design of the Muslim khatam was likely inspired by Jewish version, which is the Seal of Solomon. The seal of Solomon is a six point star formed by overlapping two triangles. According to the brilliant book, Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe” Muslim legend recounts Solomon using the star to capture djinns, genies, the immaterial counterparts to humans. The fountains around Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi, are all 8 pointed star.

Seal of the prophets by Bogdan D Photographer

The people of the sand

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Ei erau beduini, iar aceste spatii pustii ale desertului, fara umbra sau adapost, constituiau tara lor natala. Oricare dintre ei ar fi putut munci in gradinile de pe langa Salalah, insa cu toiti ar fi dispretuit aceasta viata. Printre beduini, … Continue reading

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Gradina Miracolelor, Dubai

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Gradina Miracolelor, caci altfel nici n-ar putea fi numita, din Dubai a transformat complet peisajul arid si sterp al desertului din Emiratele Arabe. Sa gasesti aici una dintre cele mai mari gradini florale din lume te lasa cu gura cascata … Continue reading

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