More to a mosque than meets the eye: Photo exhibit “Embracing the Other” at Bait Ur Rouf

Source: Daily Star Bangladesh by Fahmim Ferdous

Shahidul Alam’s photo exhibit “Embracing the Other” at Bait Ur Rouf

“The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) introduced mosques in Madinah as a multi-dimensional space — as administrative office, shelter, educational institute and even as a nursing space. He even opened the doors to mosques to non-Muslims. The concept of mosques has moved quite far away from that, and my target with this exhibition was to debunk the wave of Islamophobia in the world, and portray Islam as the religion it is — a religion of openness and welcoming nature.”

Shahidul Alam, one of Bangladesh’s leading artistic voices, held a bold yet sincere exhibition yesterday on the outskirts of Dhaka that attempted to break new grounds — literally and figuratively. The daylong photography exhibit — “Embracing the Other” — was held along the outer walls of the Bait Ur Rouf mosque in Fayedabad near Abdullahpur.

The mosque, recipient of the world’s richest architecture prize — the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (to architect Marina Tabassum) — was the focal element of the exhibition.

Read more – Dated: May 09, 2017

 

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