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JFRA 8 Fatemi design

This sublime rotated square, which boasts reflective symmetry on multiple axes, adorns the monumental portal of al-Jami al-Anwar. It was recreated from remnants of an original square that was preserved on a recessed wall panel in the form of a blind niche on the north-eastern side of the portal. This recessed panel came to light in 1324/1907 due to conservation work undertaken on the façade of this Jami masjid. This discovery further established that Maulana al-Imam al-Hakim AS deliberately chose to emphasize the main entrance to the masjid through the use of a projecting portal and also highlighted its significance through detailed ornamentation. Today, the monumental portal of al-Jami al-Anwar stands resplendent due to the accomplishments of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and his successor, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. (Adapted from information extracted from pages 284-94 of ‘al-Jami al-Anwar–The Luminous Masjid’)
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