Islam, Mediation, and Technology

Authored by: Nabil Echchaibi

The Handbook of Communication History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415892599
eBook ISBN: 9780203149119
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514319

10.4324/9780203149119.ch26

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Abstract

“Imagine here inside this cave started the glorious story of Islam. Imagine this noble place (Ghar Hira’ Cave of Hira’). Did you see how we got here, how hard we walked to arrive here? The cave feels like it’s hugging you. Prophet Muhammad chose this place for a reason. The three big rocks surrounding this place look like they will hug you. Imagine the beauty of this refuge. Here our prophet heard the first verses of the Qur’an. If you were asked, where do you want the revelation of Islam to start? Some could imagine it started in a sumptuous palace or an ornate mosque. But look where it all began, in this modest, humble place because the essence of this faith was built on the strength of an idea and not the splendor of architecture. I’m telling you all these things and I still can’t imagine I’m standing right here at the very spot where our beloved prophet once stood.”

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