Shades of Green
“The oldest living city in the world”.
I took this picture last afternoon, it is the reflection of Aurangzeb’s mosque in the pool which is at the entrance.
This mosque is the highest building standing on the ghats of Varanasi (Benaras) and visible from everywhere on river Ganga.
There were many Indian Ringnecks flying in the sky and I felt I was lucky to be able to capture those green parrots.
The colour here is the exact colour of the water as it came in my camera.
The color green has a special place in Islam.
It is used in the decoration of mosques, the bindings of Qur’ans, the silken covers for the graves of Sufi saints, and in the flags of various Muslim countries.
Green has been associated with Islam for many centuries.
It is not clear why this is so.
Some say green was Muhammad’s favorite color and that he wore a green cloak and turban.
Others believe that it symbolizes nature and life, hence the physical manifestation of God.
In the Qur’an (Surah 18:31), it is said that the inhabitants of paradise will wear green garments of fine silk.
While the reference to the Qur’an is verifiable, it is not clear if other explanations are reliable or mere folklore.
Regardless of its origins, the color green has been considered especially Islamic for centuries. Crusaders avoided using any green in their coats of arms, so that they could not possibly be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle.
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