ANIMOSITY TOWARD THE ARTS, MUSIC AND CHESS
The entire universe is a product of God’s art. God manifests His art and power in the movements of the earth, in the rain, in the twittering of a bird and in the color of a violet, in a piece of music, in a sculpture, and in a painting. God is the creator of everything, the maker of all raw materials and the mastermind of laws of chemistry, physics and biology. Man shapes what God has provided him with in due conformity with physical laws; he invents machines, makes various calculations that, thanks to mathematics, lead to the production of cars and airplanes. A musician composes with what already exists in the world. A perceptive mind sees the existence of God behind all these things. Nowhere in the Quran is there a suggestion about the prohibition of music, sculpture or painting. Yet, many sects have banned the arts and have wanted to impose their gloomy world on others.
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