Sunday, 23 January 2011

9/11 in Qur'an

In chapter 9 of Qur'an, in verse 110, which happens to be in the 11th division, Allah says:

"The foundation of those who so build is never free from suspicion and shakiness in their hearts, until their hearts are cut to pieces. And God is All-Knowing, Wise."

Some say that number of words in this chapter is exactly 2001.  The importance of number 110 is evident as everyone knows that World Trade Center had 110 storeys.
To get a fuller sense of what Koran wants to say, I think it necessary to view this verse in context. So, here it is...

009.106 There are (yet) others, held in suspense for the command of God, whether He will punish them, or turn in mercy to them: and God is All-Knowing, Wise.

009.107 And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief and infidelity - to disunite the Believers - and in preparation for one who warred against God and His Apostle aforetime. They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; But God doth declare that they are certainly liars.

009.108 Never stand thou forth therein. There is a mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety; it is more worthy of the standing forth (for prayer) therein. In it are men who love to be purified; and God loveth those who make themselves pure.

009.109 Which then is best? - he that layeth his foundation on piety to God and His good pleasure? - or he that layeth his foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready to crumble to pieces? and it doth crumble to pieces with him, into the fire of Hell. And God guideth not people that do wrong.

009.110 The foundation of those who so build is never free from suspicion and shakiness in their hearts, until their hearts are cut to pieces. And God is All-Knowing, Wise.

009.111 God hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than God? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.

009.112 Those that turn (to God) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of God,: that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by God;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Definition of Art

Art is any function of life that is performed as it should be performed.

The subjectivity inherent in "should be" might irritate some, but they must remember that art is no more art when it is deprived of subjectivity. Everyone might have his own ethics, and that governs the functions his life which is, from an aesthetic point of view, his art. Now, even smoking, if performed properly, might be somebody's art. But what about universality? I think art's universality lies in the vastness of your subjectivity. The closer your experiences are to life, the more acceptable they are to those who live... Because definitely life is common to all of us!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Criticism on Aristotle's Theory of Imitation

I don't find the definition of art as "an imitation of life" correct. Imitation necessitates that the imitator and the imitated be two mutually independent entities, or the imitation will be no more an imitation. Lets take an example. A deaf guy cannot imitate a deaf guy. When you eat, you cannot imitate eating, though you may imitate the eating manners of somebody else who is not you. This shows that imitation is of something which is not imitator..... Now, if we're alive, can we imitate life? Particular imitation of life is definitely possible and not only we see it in our daily life but art too abounds in it. But if imitation is only particular in nature, what about the universality art claims?