The Quran and the Hadith are the two religious texts that organize the beliefs and lives of Muslims.
These texts touch on everything from fasting during Ramadan to how to decorate a Muslim home. That’s right, if you’re embarking on decorating a new home or redecorating an old one, you’ll need to know how to honor Allah in that endeavor.
Islamic decor isn’t complicated but you do need to be wary of extravagance, the kind of art you hang, and how you set up your prayer area. So, before you take out the paintbrush, read these 3 facts about Islamic home decor.
1. Extravagance in Islamic Decor
Islam encourages humility. That refers to humility in character but also being humble in terms of how you demonstrate wealth. While things like islamic jewelry for men and beautiful pieces of decor are permitted, there are limitations.
For example, large and extravagant homes aren’t encouraged. That doesn’t mean that Islamic decor has to be boring, but that it shouldn’t be showy or overtly display wealth.
You can have a large Muslim home, of course. But all of that space should be properly utilized. Waste will not be looked at kindly on the Day of Judgement.
2. The Prayer Area of a Muslim Home
Muslims pray 5 times on a daily basis. These prayers are to be completed while facing the Kaaba, which is located in Mecca and the most sacred site in Islam. You have to choose this space with care.
Nobody should be able to pass between the person who is praying and the Kabba. That means that the prayer space must face the Kabba so that passersby can pass behind the praying individual. The space should also not face a bathroom.
Find a space that’s quiet, where you can do your prayers free of distraction or the sounds of the street outside. You’ll also want to think about privacy, which is very important in Islamic home decor. Consider curtains or shades in your prayer room but also throughout the home.
3. Art in Islamic Décor
A necessary consideration in Islamic decor is art. Two Hadith make reference to this.
Sunan an-Nasa’i 5364 says that: “Among the people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers”. And Sunan an-Nasa’i 5347 says that: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.”
As such, you should not have any art that depicts living beings like people or even animals. There also shouldn’t be any statues or figures of living beings either in accessories or furniture.
Instead, use abstract at, landscape scenes, and Islamic wall art. Arabic calligraphy and geometric patterns are also options.
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Islamic decor doesn’t have to be bland. While it shouldn’t involve gross displays of wealth, you can still have a beautiful home, with comfortable prayer space, and eye-catching art. You just have to do it within the confines of the facts listed above.
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