Mosque

Lingering in the Hallway

Getting back into this project of a picture a day is a little harder than I thought it would be!! I thought I could start it again and be consistent, but I have been so busy lately I have barely opened up my computer. 

The picture above is at a famous mosque in the city that we live in. I've posted pictures of this mosque before, but I love this angle. The black and white gives it a dramatic look, too!

So question for you reader: Should I continue this project like I have for the last year and a half? Or...should I begin something new? Have any ideas? Comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts.

-Ashley

The Details

Sometimes when I look at older architecture, particularly at a time when everyone did everything by hand, I am amazed. This is all done by hand. I can't read Arabic, but I believe these are all scriptures from the Qur'an (which is the Muslim's holy book). Even all the painting and design you see are by hand. I could never do something like that! Can you imagine how much time that would have taken?!

I wonder if I tried to do something this detailed what would happen. Only thinking about that for a second, the first thought that comes to mind that I'd get bored really fast. :) I don't think I'm meant for that kind of work! I like details, but that is overly-detailed for me. 

What about you? Would you have the patience for that kind of work?

Regardless if you'd enjoy it or not, I hope you have a great Thursday! 

-Ashley

 

Full of Color

This my friends, is the Wazir Khan Mosque. It is probably one of the prettiest mosque's I've seen in South Asia (and again is made by the Mughals). It's just so beautiful and full of color--great for pictures! I believe I've posted other pictures from this place (you can find them here: Looking Up in a Mosque, Goodbye, for now!, and A Deep Longing).

Hope you have a terrific Monday today and that it won't be like the start of ours (a flat tire). 

-Ashley

Beautiful Mosque

This is one of the prettiest mosque's I've ever been to. It was made by Aurangzeb Alamgir, who was the sixth Mughal Emporer. The Mughal's built many of the architecture all across South Asia. Mughal architecture has many similarities, which I really enjoy. If you've read other blog posts from me, you will probably see how much I mention symmetry. I just love finding symmetry in the pictures I take!

I feel very blessed that I am able to see these sites, as many people in the world haven't seen them in person. Now you, reader, have at least seen them in my blogpost! 

You can see this mosque in a couple other blog posts: Three Words: Life. Is. Crazy. and Mosque in a Distance.

Hope that your Thursday has gone well! 

-Ashley

Mosque in a Distance

We were taking a walking tour around our city and we came across this mosque. We were under a bridge and I just happened to see how the curve of the bridge framed the mosque and thought it looked really nice. 

My Mom and I will be taking a photowalk soon, so I'm really excited to take some pictures of my area. I think we might go to downtown Houston (which would be a lot of fun). I'll post some pictures afterwards!

It's Friday so I hope that you enjoy the last day of your week before the weekend! 

-Ashley

Goodbye, for now!

So this will be my last post before leaving and might be for a few days until I get over the first onset of jet lag. We'll see how motivated I am to turn on my computer!

This was taken at a historic mosque near where I live. Probably one of my favorite places I've seen here! I love the colors, the flowers, the old wood, etc. 

Unfortunately, not much time for a blogpost today--so have a great Thursday! I will be back to report how the 20+ hour flight is and any other traveling woes we encounter on our way back to Texas! :) 

See you in the State's! :)

-Ashley

A Deep Longing

When my department and I went to this mosque, there was a man that was sitting on the floor, watching us with curiosity. I don't know this man's story, but I think it's very likely that this man sits in this mosque often, praying and asking God to show him the straight path.

Whether people realize it or not, I think we all have a deep longing in our hearts. Something that cannot be filled by food, water, relationships with people or material things. I know this is true for myself--I have a deep longing that I have tried filling with many things. For a long time, it was feeling adequate or worth something. I tried to find my worth in everything I did--my achievements, what I learned, the relationships I had, etc. I always was dissatisfied.  I have even tried with food, eating WAY more than I needed and trying to fill my lacking emotions with good tasting food. Neither of these things worked..nor has anything on this earth. Truly it has been my relationship with God that has filled this void in my heart and I am truly so thankful! It has not been something I have done--I could never fill this by myself. When I try to fill it, I'm always disappointed (as mentioned above!).

God desires to show all of us His Kingdom. I pray that we all find it so that we might truly know and have life abundantly! That is His desire for us and it's wonderful!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that we all have a longing in our hearts for something bigger than ourselves?

-Ashley

Looking Up in a Mosque

On the recent trip I've mentioned (the one with my department at our university) we went to a couple older mosques that were quite stunning. It still amazes me how people had such precision doing this by hand. And they made it so symmetrical at that!

This was me looking up into the dome part of the mosque--isn't it amazing? I can't even begin to imagine how long it took to do this! 

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

-Ashley