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The Niujie Mosque - Minaret 3 by Nayzak The Niujie Mosque - Minaret 3 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

I was planning to post more photos of the Niujie Mosque in Beijing but I didn't have much time. Anyway, now I'm going to add more photos to the gallery, in sha'Allah.

This photo here is of the gate of the Minaret.

A Minaret is the tower from which the people are called to prayer five times each day by a mu'ezzin (or caller). Such a tower is always connected with a mosque and has one or more balconies or open galleries. At the time of the last prophet of Islam, Moḥammed -peace be upon him-, the call to prayer was made from the highest roof in the vicinity of the mosque.

as you can see from the other photos of the Minaret of Niujie Mosque, the Chinese style minarets are different from minarets of other common mosques.



On the board near the gate, it's written that this Minaret, originally named as Zunjingge, was built in 1068-1077 by Arab Scholars. the reconstruction was finished in 1496. this calling tower is called Xuanlilou, or Huanlilou.


More photos: nayzak.deviantart.com/gallery/…
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YanDexterSuchanyan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Why chinese culture mix with islamic one?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
"Chinese culture" is a culture.
but "Islam" is not a culture. it's a way of life. and it fits every culture. that's why we see Islamic Arab culture, Islamic Chinese culture... and many others
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IrkenConfederate Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the style of architecture seen in the ancient Oriental (far-Eastern) structures. There's also just a hint of something different in this one though, something I like . . . I think to do with the colors. Maybe the Muslim influence?
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arabianwolf4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is china or japan, is it islamic or not?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
It's in Beijing, China. It's a mosque built in the traditional Chinese style.
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arabianwolf4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, so that means there are chinese muslims, or muslims in china
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Of course. there are many Muslims in China. in fact, there are provinces where the majority of people are Muslims. the most known Muslims in China are the Hui and Uyghur.
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arabianwolf4 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, i didnt even know that.
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darth603 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty.

Tip for photographing building exteriors- they look their best in the ten minutes before sunrise and the ten minutes after sunset. Pretty narrow (metaphorical) windows, I know, but that's how the light goes. You probably wouldn't have had time to be there at those times, but you might find it useful sometime down the line.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks my friend.

One problem is that my camera is not one for professional photography. when it's not very bright the photos don't come out very well.
I'm thinking to save money and buy a professional camera someday, in sha'Allah [God willing].
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darth603 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Be careful about "professional cameras." A decent SLR can cost anywhere from a couple of thousand new to a few hundred dollars used, without lenses. Those also vary from a hundred or so to several thousand. And that's not even talking about flashes. You'll want to do some research and find out what's the best you can afford.

I'd also suggest finding an old textbook on film photography, reading it, and keeping it for reference. Some of it (the sections on color correction filters and film development) will be out of date, but a lot of the rest is still valid.

Whatever happens, good luck.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks a lot for the advices. I appreciate it.
I may not be able to buy one of a few thousands. photography for me is just a hobby. and I don't think throwing a few thousands on a camera would be wise in my case. but last time I checked I found some affordable ones. just like you said, when I plan to buy, God willing, I'll need to make some researches and see which one fits me. :D

peace
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azeemb Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
good to know :aww:
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mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
MASHALLAH
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1RockGirl121 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful! Ma'Shah Allah
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