Historically, throughout the Islamic
world from Andalusia, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa to Historic Syria,
Iraq, Persia, and India the common veneration of the ‘traces’ (i.e. footprints
and handprints) of the prophets and other holy persons became widespread.
Moreover, talismanic objects were an essential feature of medieval Islamic
villages, towns, and cities and many sites containing portable objects and
talismanic designs associated with the Holy Ka'aba, prophets and holy men
existed at places of worship, city gates, near sacred trees and springs.
Teaching colleges for the religious sciences (madrasas) and mosques became
repositories for sacred objects. Furthermore, the appearance of relics and
relic replicas in mosques had caused a revival in these places of worship
because crowds wanted to view the relic.
Relics are receptacles mainly
receptacles for baraka but also serve the individual and collective
memory. Muslim devotees yearn to preserve the memory of holy persons in objects
which symbolized a tangible link between them and the holy person. Through the
mere act of remembrance of holy persons and their miracles and memorializing
the past, memory becomes a lived and shared experience.
Of course, in Islam, the exemplar par
excellence of sanctity is the Prophet Muhammad whom Muslims seek to emulate in
their daily lives and objects associated with him were imbued with and came to
embody the sacrality of his person. Prophet Muhammad became the object of veneration
precisely because his teachings, sayings and silent affirmations were
meticulously preserved by his Companions and transmitted to subsequent
generations, who preserved and employed his relics seeking to derive blessings
(baraka) from them even after his death.
The following are some narrations on
Umayyad caliph Muawiya (r. 41/661–60/680) who acquired the Prophet’s nail
parings, said: 'The Prophet once clothed me with a shirt, which I put away, and
one day when he pared his nails I took the parings and placed them in a bottle.
When I die, clothe me in that shirt, and chop up and pulverize the parings;
sprinkle them over my eyes and into my mouth, on the chance that God may have
mercy on me through their baraka.'
Sirin said: ‘I said to Ubida [as-Salmani], ‘‘I have some of the hair of the Prophet,
may peace be upon him, which I got from Anas or Anas’s family’’.’ He replied,
‘If I had a single one of those hairs, it would be dearer to me than this world
and everything in it.'
related that Anas said, ‘Umm Sulaym used to spread a leather mat for the
Prophet, peace be upon him, and he would have a midday nap on that mat at her
home’. He said, ‘When he slept, [Umm Sulaym] would collect some of his sweat
and hair and put it in a bottle and added it to perfume (sukk).’ [Thumama]
said, ‘When Anas ibn Malik was dying, he told me to put some of that perfume in
his embalming scent (hanut), and that was done.’
Jafar Ahmad b. Abd al-Majid said: I cut the pattern [of the Prophets sandal]
for one of my students. [He came to me one day] and said: ‘Yesterday I saw a
wonder from the baraka of this sandal. My wife was suffering from a pain which
almost took her life. I placed the [image of the] sandal on the spot of her
pain and said: O God, show me the blessing (baraka) of the owner of this sandal.
God cured her instantly.
Relic replicas are exact copies of an
original relic. As an example, Rumi's Garden has been blessed to receive an
exact mold taken from an original Footprint our Beloved's ﷺ in the Ayup Sultan mosque in Turkey.
From that mold, we proceeded to create casts.
We state very clearly, within item
descriptions, whether an item is a relic or a relic replica.
very hard for a regular Muslim to come across relics and relic replicas and if
she/ he does, they are often extremely expensive.
As an example, authentic
kiswah are often given to diplomats and to people with connections either by
Saudi royalty or The Kiswah Factory. When they are sold, they often cost
thousands and prices are exaggerated by middle men.
Furthermore, there is often
the problem of verifying authenticity. Commonly, replicas are sold as authentic
pieces to a well-meaning buyers. Even when sellers have may have good
intentions in terms of selling authentic kiswahs, because the appropriate
checks are not taken, they are unable to guarantee authenticity.
It is with these two things
in mind that Rumi's Garden aimed to tackle when it came to making relics and
relic replicas available to the public.
We at Rumi’s Garden feel
that this is a good opportunity for any Muslim to simply have something from
our Beloved Prophet ﷺ or
the Holy Kaaba at a fair price that is often much lower than prices set by
middle men. We do this because we understand that these relics serve as a support
for the remembrance of God. We are meticulous in doing our
homework to ensure that each item sent to you is authentic and a reflection of
the beautiful spirit of Islam.
The simple answer is yes! We receive
all relics and relic replicas from leading Islamic collectors from around the
world with an expertise in the field. We have established a broad
network of reliable sources and we do not carry any relics that are fake or
inauthentic. We realize that there are sellers in the market who scam people
for extortionate amounts of money for fake products and this is something we
are attempting to fight. It is our job to provide you with only authentic
relics and replicas that true copies of the original.
Our process of authentication is the
To begin with, we only receive relics from reliable
collectors who specialize in collecting Islamic relics and replicas.
We at Rumi's Garden personally examine the relics and
replicas we receive. The sanad and background story of the relic/ replica
is of interest to us.
We communicate with experts in Islamic art and/ or
textiles who contextualize the relics historically, via existing research
and information, and compare it to the collectors sanad and backstory
We communicate with experts who collect Islamic relics
who compare the relics we have to their own collection and who can
critically assess the relics.
We send the relic to the The Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait
so that they can further investigate the relic and provide an in depth
examination. This often includes laboratory tests to examine material
We take relics to a valuation services to be assessed
We get the blessings and approval of Mashayakh we are
connected to, many of whom collect relics themselves.
If a relic or replica comes with a
certificate of authentication, we clearly state it in the description and we
always mention the source of the certificate.
In the time of Sayidna Umar Ibn
al-Khatab, a piece of the kiswah was given as a memorabilia to pilgrims after
they had completed their Hajj. Of course, this is no longer the case and now
only a select few have access to the kiswah. Others who attempt to buy them,
often pay extortionate amounts of money and they make these purchases without
being certain where the kiswah is sourced from. However, as a service to those
who are lovers of Mecca and Medina, we, with the permission of our Mashayakh,
have made the kiswah available for the regular Muslim so it may support his or
her faith. Our selection includes small and larger sized cutouts to fit a
variety of budgets.
Historically, there is evidence that
some mosques that were completely empty, but then received a Blessed Footprint
or Handprint of our Beloved ﷺ,
were revived since the congregation wanted to get a glimpse of something from
his Blessed being ﷺ.
This is due to the tremendous amount of baraka of the Blessed Footprint
and Handprint that would attract any believers. Till this day, many visit the
Ayup Sultan mosque, The Shaykh Ahmed Al-Badawi mosque and others, to pay their
respects to these Blessed relics. Now, this baraka can be in your home via the
replicas we have sources. It is a great Blessed object for you and your loved
ones to gather around and remember our Beloved ﷺ.
Unfortunately, many of the carpets that
are located around the Ka'aba area and in Masjid al Nabawi are often simply
thrown away after they are deemed old or in unfit condition. Some collectors
end up taking these carpets and then sell them at extortionate prices. We have
been lucky to find collectors who source to us for reasonable prices to make
these carpets available to you. Our selection includes prayer size rugs and
small cutouts to fit a variety of budgets.
the blessed Kiswah's sold at Rumi's Garden are authentic and have have been
verified to be as such. Each blessed Kiswah, sent to you, comes with a
certified true copy certificate from The Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait
who perform appropriate verification checks.
The Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait has a large database of information that
enables them to contextualize Islamic antiques and textiles and therefore check
authenticity. The process involves analyzing design, composite materials, age
period, ownership history, and making comparisons with already existing items.
They further collaborate with various institutes and experts in various fields
from around the world.
Furthermore, The Islamic Antiquities Museum ofKuwait specializes particularly in relics from the Haramain. It has the
practical expertise and laboratories to perform such tests as material analysis
to ensure that kiswahs are made of pure silk and that the threading of qandeels
and the Holy Ka’aba belts are silver plated with gold.
To give an exact date for when a
textile is made most often requires carbon dating which is an incredibly
accurate process but consists of two major restrictions which is why it is
avoided with most textiles unless much of the material exists and the material
is not considered sacred.
In order to radiocarbon date a
textile, a significant amount of material that is to undergo the process
will be completely destroyed. We do not have the heart nor the conscious
to do this to anything belonging to the House of God or our Beloved
Prophet ﷺ especially considering that there are other
methods that are available to assess authenticity.
Another restriction to
radiocarbon dating occurs with textiles belonging to periods
between 1640 AD – 1950 AD. Due to minimum sun activity during the Maunder
Minimum and later effects from fossil fuel emissions during
industrialization it is not possible to give definite radiocarbon ages
within this time period. Thus, if kiswahs were woven at any time during
this time period, radiocarbon measurements will give imprecise date
burn test is the process of taking a thread from the Blessed Kiswah and putting a fire to it. The myth is that if it is made of pure silk, it will turn to ash
and leave a natural smell. If it contains polyester or synthetic materials, it
will clump up, turn into a ball, and smell like burnt plastic. This is a very
crude way of testing the difference between synthetic materials and natural
begin with, Rumi’s Garden finds this method extremely disrespectful whether it
is done to a relic or relic replica. All items, whether attributed to the God
or the Prophet, should be treated with respect. For example, even with a
replica, one never knows the intention of the maker of the replica. Maybe
making a kiswah out of polyester, like the one in the Beloveds tomb in Medina,
was the craftsman’s way of showing his love to our Prophet SAW. Why not respect
that, especially when there are much more sophisticated ways of telling the
difference between pure silk and synthetics?
there are various natural materials that can be burnt, and will turn to
ash and leave a natural smell. This test does not guarantee that the material
is silk although it is a good indicator that the textile does not contain
synthetics like polyester or nylon.
a network of practical expertise, we at Rumi’s Garden, have sufficient knowledge
about textiles. The burn test is of little interest to us. We further have
contacts in the field, including The Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait, who
do the appropriate, respectful, full proof assessments to show what the actual
material of a kiswah is made.
absolutely do not source and never intend to source items such as the Blessed
hair, teeth, clothing, blood, sweat and other intimate belongings of our
Beloved Prophet ﷺ,
his companions or the awliya. We find the sale of such relics to be obscene.
We also do not rent out
relics as has shamefully been done by some collectors.
the description of each relic, we mention if it comes with a certificate and
where the certificate comes from; these may be in-house or external certs. Do
not expect a certificate if the item description does not mention that it comes
with a certificate.
Islamically speaking, a transaction requires the trust of two
parties; the buyer and the seller. If you have doubts about a relic, please
return it back to us within a 14 day period in the same condition as it was
sent to you and we will refund the money. We would never ask of you to keep a
relic that you doubt since this is both an injustice to you and the relic
After an order is placed, Rumi's Garden takes one week to process it and prepare it for shipping unless otherwise stated in the description of the product.
After processing your order, we use DH for shipping. The time it takes to reach the destination depends on where the item is being sent to. Furthermore, customs
may check items so it is always best to expect a waiting time from your
respective country for items to arrive. As soon as we have processed your
order, a tracking number will be sent to the email you provided so you can see
where your package is in the shipping process. Enter your tracking number into
the DHL website to
be able to view this. Upon receiving the order, you'll be required to sign
By Spanish law, we are required to refund or
replace damaged items or wrong orders returned to us within a period of 14 days
from purchase. We also simply take items back if you are not happy with your
purchase, within the 14 day period, as long as the items are in the same
condition as when they were bought.
All returned items will be quality checked upon arrival at Rumi's Garden,
and a refund will be issued upon satisfactory inspection. Please include
certificates with return, if certificate is included in original purchase. A
refund will not be made if certificate is not included.
Please email us at pr@RumisGarden.co.uk so we can provide you with a return address.
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Rumi's Garden has no say when it comes to customs.
Rumi's Garden uses DHL which is responsible for delivering your purchase to your doorstep. Rarely, customs may stop a product, even one sent via DHL, and ask for additional information such as your tax number and contact details. They may also charge you a custom fee. It is extremely important that the information you initially put in your order is correct for this reason. If this information is provided, customs will usually process your item and DHL will deliver it to you once the fee is paid, if they require payment.
It can happen that customs confiscate an item which is extremely rare. There is nothing that Rumi's Garden can do about this and it is beyond our control. The best thing to do is to see whether the product is allowed in the country where shipment is being delivered.
Rumi's Garden is not responsible for paying any custom fees that are placed on product.
A custom fee is a tax sometimes charged by a country on products coming in from another country. The rate varies depending on the products and not on all products require duties to pay and many are import-free.
Rumi’s Garden, we believe that none of the items on our website are simply
commodities, especially not the relics and relic replicas. Craftsmen have put
their hearts and souls into their work and we are trying to keep many of these
dying crafts alive. We do not put a price on the relic, relic replica or craft
as an indication of what it's worth; we are aware that they are priceless. The
price is to cover the cost we bought it for, the frame, packaging and all the
time and effort we put into making your buying experience a pleasant
one. Furthermore, part of our expenses includes different charity projects
we are involved in. In a sense, purchasing these relics and relic replicas is
not different to purchasing a copy of The Holy Quran or an old Islamic
manuscript - with the added value that Rumi's Garden is involved
in philanthropic work.