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Islamic Art Feature: Pick of the Month, 05/11

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Welcome to the another edition of MuslimMatters.org’s regular Islamic Art feature. If you want to see your work on MM, then either email us your images to art[@]muslimmatters[.]org or submit them to our Flickr group.

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Illuminated Manuscript, Walters Art Museum. This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur'an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large vocalized polychrome muḥaqqaq script. Marginal explanations of the readings of particular words and phrases are in thuluth and naskh scripts, and there is interlinear Persian translation in red naskh script. The fore-edge flap of the gold-tooled, brown leather binding is inscribed with verses 77 through 80 from Chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqiʿah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (1481-1512 CE) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān (1027-31 CE) on fol. 3a.
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Illuminated Manuscript, Walters Art Museum. This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur'an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large vocalized polychrome muḥaqqaq script. Marginal explanations of the readings of particular words and phrases are in thuluth and naskh scripts, and there is interlinear Persian translation in red naskh script. The fore-edge flap of the gold-tooled, brown leather binding is inscribed with verses 77 through 80 from Chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqiʿah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (1481-1512 CE) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān (1027-31 CE) on fol. 3a.

Tawhid, by Fouad EA

Tawhid, by Fouad EA

Drenched in the Deen, by Sabeen M.

Drenched in the Deen, by Sabeen M.

Eat, Relax, Enjoy‎ (Al-Baqarah: 173), by muslimahbutterfly.

Eat, Relax, Enjoy‎ (Al-Baqarah: 173), by muslimahbutterfly.

Every moment, by trusimplicity

Every moment, by trusimplicity

Badshahi Masjid, By arfa

Badshahi Masjid, By arfa

Click the image to find a free collection of Islamic desktop and iPhone wallpapers, by Ihsaan Fusion.

Click the image to find a free collection of Islamic desktop and iPhone wallpapers, by Ihsaan Fusion.

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Mona Adam

    May 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Salaam Alykoum:)
    JazakAllahu khairn for choosing my picture.
    May Allah bless you,ameen!

  2. Mohammed Homam

    May 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    This is beautiful art. Thanks to all who participated and shared such wonderful pictures.

  3. G M

    March 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came back from a journey and I had placed a curtain of mine that had pictures on it over (the door of) a room of mine. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw it, he tore it and said, ‘The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who try to make the like of Allaah’s creation.’ So we turned it (the curtain) into one or two cushions.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5498). It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: ‘The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5494).  It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever makes an image in this world will be commanded to breathe the soul into it on the Day of Resurrection, and he will not be able to do that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5618) and Muslim (2110). It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a man came to him and said: O Ibn ‘Abbaas, I am a man who earns a living from what my hands make, and I make these images. Ibn ‘Abbaas said: I will not tell you anything except that which I heard from the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him). I heard him say: “Whoever makes an image in this world, Allaah will punish him until he breathes the soul into it, and he will never be able to do that.” The man was very afraid and his face turned yellow. He [Ibn ‘Abbaas] said: Woe to you! If you must do that, then (make images of) these trees and everything that has no soul. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2225) and Muslim (2110). It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that Jibreel (peace be upon him) said to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him): “Tell someone to cut off the head of the statue so that it will be like a tree.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2806), Abu Dawood (4158); classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb (3060). 
    Al-Bukhaari (5347) narrated that Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) cursed the image makers. 
    Therefore you should repent immediately and take down the pictures to avoid punishment. 

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