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Healing Colors of Prayers

Healing Colors of Prayers
Over time, modern science has found that there is a sound basis for the choices of blue and green in places of worship.

Both the Qur’an and Hadith contain descriptions of paradise as green. {These it is for whom are gardens of perpetuity beneath which rivers flow; ornaments shall be given to them therein of bracelets of gold, and they shall wear green robes of fine silk and thick silk brocade interwoven with gold, reclining therein on raised couches; excellent, the recompense; and goodly, the resting place.} [Surat Al-Kahf 18:31].

Reclining on green cushions and beautiful carpets (Surat Ar-Rahman 55:76).

Accounts in the Hadith mention that Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) turban was green as well as the flag of Islam. A green turban usually denotes a “Sharif” or descendant of the Prophet (SAW). Many people brush away any significance of the mention of colors in the Qur’an.

The Qur’an (Surat Ar-Rum 30:22) gives us a hint of this when it says, “And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely, there are signs in this for the learned.”

Our Colorful Mosques & Culture

One of the first things to notice in any mosques is the green and blue surroundings. The mosques in Iran are famous for their blue tile work. In Saudi Arabia, blue and green stained glass is more in modern mosques. In Egypt, some mosques have a complete paint of blue or green. They also have green neon at night. In Istanbul, the most famous mosque is even called The Blue Mosque.

The colors of these mosques represent their religious significance. But, science also says there is sound basis for using blue and green in places of worship.

In the Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies, Anne Woodham and David Peters relate that these colors have contained significant meaning for people since prehistoric times. In ancient history, green was the color of growth. While blue is the color of the sky and heavenly peace.

An Indian named Dinshah P. Ghadiali is the first scientist who explained the power of color. He claimed that the secret to the power of colors lay in the fact that they transmit vibrations that in turn transmit certain moods as well as healing.

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Modern scientists have built on this theory, and have discovered that the sun’s rays form an entire spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that forms visible white light.

Light travels in wavelengths, and its different wavelengths are perceived as different colors. Each color also has a certain frequency at which it vibrates. When blind people claim to “see” color, what they really perceive is these various wavelengths and frequencies.

This is also what people perceive on a subconscious level when they see colors.

In fact, many scientists believe that this perception can occur within the deepest levels of the interior of the body.

While doctors often agree on the psychological effects of color therapy, they typically ignore the physical effects.

However, the science of color therapy has been exploring both psychological and physical effects of different colors.

Color therapists believe that touching a color can provide the same benefits as looking at it. Colors work according to their vibrational wavelengths rather than the brain’s interpretation of that color.

The faster the vibration, the warmer the color; the slower the vibration, the cooler the color. Research into the effects of color has shown that people who are blind from birth can learn to differentiate colors through their fingertips by picking up on the vibration of the different colors.

Practitioners of color therapy also believe that the colors have vibrational frequencies that can be affect specific cells and organs of the body .

Professor J. L. Morton of the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture who also serves as an international lecturer and consultant for companies such as Eastman Kodak reports conclusively that the skin CAN see color.

She states that 4,000 years ago the Egyptians built healing temples of light because they had learned that bathing patients in specific colors of light produced varying effects. Noted neuropsychologist, Kurt Goldstein, confirmed this fact.

In his modern classic, The Organism, he notes that stimulation of the skin by different colors leads to different effects. He states, “It is probably not a false statement to say that a specific color stimulation is accompanied by a specific response pattern of the entire organism.”

Science Behind ‘Chromo’

Because of the findings of such research in color therapy, many studies have demonstrated which colors produce which effects on the human psyche. Many people are familiar with studies from 1948 in West Germany that showed that the use of the colors yellow, orange, and red in the classroom raises student IQ levels.

Further studies in the U.S. in 1973 showed that red light causes the blood pressure and heart rate to rise and that orange causes hunger pangs; hence, many restaurants use the color orange in their decor and their dishes to stimulate appetite. Many advertisers also use the theories of color therapy to promote their products.

Blue and green are good choices for promoting a “spiritual life.” Blue corresponds to the throat of a person and green to the heart. Coincidentally, these are the two tools we use to worship when we recite and pray.

According to studies (U.S., 1973), blue can lower blood pressure and heart rate; decrease hunger; and inspire relaxation, peace, and tranquility. Doctors use color therapy to treat insomnia, an overactive thyroid, and panic attacks.

Blue is the color of honesty and loyalty. In fact, in the field of web design, blue is thought to be “the safest global color.” For Jews, it indicates holiness; in the Middle East, it signifies protection; for Hindus, it has a religious significance through Krishna; in China, it’s associated with immortality and in Colombia, it’s associated with cleanliness.

In The Ultimate Healing System, Donald Lepore says that he uses blue when he lectures because it energizes the vocal area, and causes people to respect what he says more. This may be one of the reasons that a ‘khutbah’ given in a blue mosque is so much more effective than one recorded on cassette tape.

Blue is also noble, as in the concept of “Blue Blood.” Mary (mother of Prophet Isa – AS) is usually portrayed in Christian icons as wearing a blue veil or robe for this is the color of serenity, perfection, and protection. It’s also a cooling color that is good for wearing on very hot days.

Physically, it is good for patients suffering from shock, inflammation, and nervous breakdowns. Blue helps control feverish conditions, stop bleeding, with nervous irritations, and with burns. However, too much blue can leave a person cold, depressed and sorrowful; therefore, it should be balanced with the use of orange.

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Green invokes the feelings of harmony, balance, sympathy, and devotional love as well as relieving nervous tension.

According to Dr. Lepore, green provides the natural balance between the powers of red and blue.

Green also balances blue (a highly spiritual color invoking a sense of awe in most people as they gaze at the sky or sea) and yellow (said to be a very “mental” color that, in studies, affects subjects’ abilities to study and learn).

Healthy Effects

As the combination of these two colors, it helps people to merge their spiritual “heavenly thought” with their earthly “mental thoughts.” Green is the color of self-esteem. People who suffer trauma may hate it can cause aspects of the trauma to surface.

Creating harmony and hope, it helps with the heart area. It’s also good for nerves as it balances the emotions and brings a feeling of calmness. It stimulates growth so it is good for helping to heal broken bones, and re-growing tissue of all kinds.

However, exposure to too much green can deprive us of the challenges that we need. Its bluer tones suggest optimism and hope and are more spiritual than its other tones.

Next time you visit the mosque, reflect on the healing inherent in the colors around you. For indeed, Allah has sent us cures in many things; even in many places where we wouldn’t expect to find them.

This article is from Science’s archive and we’ve originally published it on an earlier date.


About Dr. Karima Burns

Dr. Karima Burns has been counseling as a Home-path for over 9 years. From the U.S. she is a doctor in Naturopathy, a Master Herbalist, and teaches with inspiration from the Waldorf school. She uses art, health and education to heal others.

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