THE NEED TO MEASURE LAND AND SPACE
EUCLID GREEK FATHER OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE
DEFINING PLEASANT PROPORTIONS FOREVER IN TIME
The Quran starts from the concept of proportionate in life, and everything in life is considered in proportions. Sura Fateha starts with our praise for Allah for the proportionate in life or the Surat ul mustaqeem of existence. The universe has its proportions, as well as the human body. The golden rule of existence. In this way Islamic Architecture starts from proportions and instead of being arithmetical is geometrical and is based on the principles of Euclid. The immortal Taj Mahal was created by Ustad Ahmad Mimar on the basis of Euclidian principles. He was a Master of ‘Euclidese’ as is well known. Regular discussions used to be held by him with another Master, that is Ustad Makaramat Khan. Many generations of him were experts in Euclid principles.
Today hideous architecture is in full vogue in Pakistan. Aesthetics has been lost. View most of our mosques and you see a downfall of architecture as never before. The mosques look less of spiritual centres and more of domestic houses of the Mullahs inside it. When aesathetics fail, so does ideas. We have nincompoop intellectuals talk of Pakisaan as they understood it well. Pakistan cannot be understood by what is taught incourses these guys say. If Pakistan can only be discovered in literary festivals sponsored by foreign organization to diffuse the Ideology of Pakistan. Come on! Pakistan is not going away. The idea of Pakisan can never go away. The Quran is safe with us. Allah guaranteed that. The Idea will be safe with us too. Pakistan forever!