Do these two elements have a symbolic meaning related to Islam?
Dome of Mosques
Minerate of Mosques
The Dome and Minerate only became a symbol in the Mosque design during Ummayad period. Initially at the time of the Proghpet (pbuh) there was no minerate or done on Prophets mosque or Masjid Haram in Mak'ka. Minerate (suma's)were introduced when first Mosque of Amr at Fustat was rebuilt, their form was influenced by Syrian Church towers. The Dome was a place for treasury (Bait al-mal).During the first period of Ummayad, Khalif's residence was attached to mosque where all the govermental decisions were made.
The mosque at Kufa was the fisrt one to have most of the features we see today in a mosque.
In the beginning the domes used to have their structural use as a roofing solution and minarets had their functional utility (to call the people for prayer by the muezzin). But later when these characters were regularized and the elements lost their functional and structural use they were used only as a symbol.
i agree with asif that In the beginning the domes used to have their structural use as a roofing solution and minarets had their functional utility (to call the people for prayer by the muezzin).but they have not symbol in islamic architecture,if u see mosques of 21st century like those of islamabad,ismaili centre in london,dubai,canada etc u will find no minarates & domes not even arches which were borrowed from earlier persian architecture
I think that domes and minarets are not only belong to muslim architecture's vocabulary... Some church have those forms, hagia sophia is a "dome-ful" building even if it's not firstly built by moslem people :)
Moreover, i think that they could be islamic or not. It depends on how these symbol relate to basic values in Islam... Allahu a'lamu bishawab
Yulia Eka Putrie
i belive that dome has symbolic meaning as it is circular in plan which symbolises the continuity and existence of divine power and also sky