The Beautiful Islamic City - Córdoba, Spain

A short historical view of Islamic Spain today

We created our lives so we live in Spain. When we can just say “hey, you want to get to South of Spain for the weekend?” Last weekend was just that. We decided on the day and four hours later we were in Cordoba. The first big city after Madrid.

Al-Andalus is a fantastic part of Spain. If you’ve never been you have to go. Al-Andalus most known cities are Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba. The history is alive in most buildings — you’ll see. You’ll hear a skewed version of history as the Spanish history tends to “forget” its Muslim past. However, if your heart is open you’ll see it. It’s too obvious not to.

The Spanish history doesn’t like to talk about its Muslim past or indeed to skew the past into something else. However, I am determined to reveal the past as it was and talk of its beauty left behind. I don’t have a political agenda nor do I want to upset anyone. I just seek the truth of the past.

In Cordoba I felt I was in Morocco. The buildings I saw was spectacular to say the least and if I didn’t know I was in Cordoba I would tell you I was in Morocco. There are some signs that brings me to the reality that I am indeed in Spain by seeing “destroyed” mosques with ridiculous signs of crosses, bells in minarets or arches painted with some bits of the bible.

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Breathtaking Architecture — Cordoba, photo by me

Nevertheless, the beauty of the buildings and the form of it was built by the Moors (Muslims). What’s built from the inner world with careful calculations and the nature as their inspiration is magical in the buildings. I noticed now that those buildings such as Al-Hambra in Granada and the amazing buildings in Cordoba are truly inspiring, inviting and exiting.

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One of many patios we’ve come across when walking around Cordoba — photo by me

Whereas many catholic buildings intimidate me. I only observed this last weekend in Cordoba. I’ve always grown to believe in fear of God and the churches always intimidated me even when I was a child. I never knew why. Now I can understand why. Catholic churches are built to intimidate its followers. They have to fear God. They have to continuously repent for their sins.

They have to always pray a certain amount of Hail Mary or other prayers but as soon as that’s done I am good to “commit” my sins again. I never understood this thinking even when I was a child. I grew up a catholic and took my communion but never understood the religion. It never stuck to me. It never made sense and to be honest, I hated to feel intimated when going to a church.

In fact, I lived in Rome I saw amazing churches and architecture. However, I always felt afraid, intimidated and uncomfortable by churches I went to. The reason for that is because catholics think people of God have the power. They “tell” you how many prayers to say; they build windows with painted glass to create an illusion of something and it really is just an illusion.

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Flamenco venue — Cordoba, photo taken by me

I don’t know I never had liking to it. I always said I was agnostic when I was a catholic. It made no sense to me at all. I reverted to Islam two years ago and I love Islam. It’s a beautiful religion. It’s a religion of action and faith. I’ve got to do the work but Allah has the power to make it real. I am discovering Islam and fascinated by the freedom, peace and joy it gives people.

I love discovering Islamic Spain. I love seeing the longevity of Islam’s past in Spain. The world should be at peace and full of love. I can only hope current politicians look after of created treasures of the past.

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Restaurant in the patio — Cordoba, photo taken by me

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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