Description of Artwork with Sacred Nalainof Prophet Muhammadﷺ, Barakat Muhammad Kufi Calligraphy & The Two Holy Sites
The magnificent landscape art panel is a recreation of a Maghrebi (Ouazzane) lawha that originated in the late 19th or early 20th century. It is divided into 3 rectangular portions and contains a variety of colored calligraphy styles including muhaqqaq, naskh, thuluth,maghribi, riq’a and kufic. The calligraphic inscriptions include various verses from chapters of the Holy Quran, the Islamic Testimonies of Faith (Shahadatan: There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God), prayers, poetry and prose dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, a list of warriors in the Battle of Badr, the Ashra Mubashara (the 10 companions promised Paradise by the Prophet ﷺ), and the genealogy of the Seal of Prophets ﷺ.
Allah, Muhammad and Barakat Muhammad
The Divine Name ‘Allah’ is scripted thirty times, and ‘Muhammad’ is repeated thirty-one times between Quranic and poetic verses. At the top center of the middle rectangular portion, written in large calligraphic letters is ‘Muhammad is His slave and His messenger’ (left) and ‘Allah His Glory is Great”’ (right).
Barakat Muhammad, translated to ‘the Blessings of Muhammad’, is calligraphed sixteen times in a wonderful kufic script. It is highlighted prominently twice in sizable black letters on the left and right rectangular portions, and further repeated 14 times in smaller scrips in either red, green, or blue.
Diagrams of Haramain
At the bottom of the central rectangular portion are two abstract depictions of the Haramain. The map on the left depicts a bird’s eye view of the Haram al-Sharif in Mecca al-Mukarama, with the Holy Kaaba in the center. Calligraphic descriptions identify sites such as Saka (the place of water preparation for the Hajj); Makhzan al-Kaaba (storage of Kaaba); the Zamzam Well; and Minbar al-Nabi (the pulpit of the Messenger of God ﷺ). Inscribed inside the yellow crescents is the Islamic Testimonies of Faith (Shahadatan). Each circle inside a crescent identifies one of the four Imams of the Sunni schools of thought (madhhab): Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali. The word ‘minaret’ is repeated 6 times.
The map on the right depicts the the Holy Chamber of the Prophet ﷺ where he, Sayidna Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RAA) and Sayidna Umar ibn al-Khattab (RAA) are buried, in Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina al-Munawara. Also labeled is the Minbar al-Nabi (the pulpit of the Prophet Muhammad) and Bab al-Salam (the Gate of Peace). The word ‘minaret’ is repeated 4 times.
Blessed Sandals (Nalain) of the Prophet ﷺ
Bordering the diagrams of the Haramain are 2 stylized pairs of the Prophetic sandals (na’layn). They are beautifully ornate with the verses of the Qasida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle) by the great Sufi sage and poet, Imam al-Busiri, who lived in Egypt (1211–1294). The poem written by Imam, praises the Messenger of God ﷺ. Imam al-Busiri was cured of paralysis when the Prophet ﷺ appeared to him in a dream and wrapped him with his cloak.
In his own words, Imam Al-Busiri narrates the circumstances of his inspiration to write the Burdah:
...I began to contemplate writing a poem in the qasida form, and soon after, I did so as a way of interceding by it with the Messenger of God to God, the Exalted, hoping that he might heal me.
I was repeating it often, singing it, calling upon God through it, and seeking intercession with it. During that time, while sleeping, I saw the Prophet, upon him and his family be prayers and peace. He wiped over my face with his blessed hand and thrust upon me his cloak. I immediately got up and left my house. I had told no one of my poem nor of anything I had been doing prior to that. On the road, I met a fellow spiritual wayfarer, who said to me, "I want you to give me a copy of the poem you wrote in praise of the Prophet, upon him be prayers and peace." I responded, "which one?" He said, "The one you wrote during your illness." He then recited its opening lines saying, "By God, I heard it in a vision last night recited in the presence of God's messenger, upon him and his family blessing and peace. It greatly pleased the prophet, and I saw him thrust his cloak on the one who wrote it!"
I provided him with a copy, and he began telling others of his vision. Thus its news spread far and wide.
Verses from the Holy Quran
Some Quranic verses included in the art panel are the following:
God, there is no god, except Him, the Living, the Eternal Sustainer. Slumber does not seize Him, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth; who is there, that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them, and what is after them; and they encompass nothing of His knowledge, save such as He wills. His throne subsumes the heavens and the earth; the preserving of them wearies Him not; He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.
O Messenger, make known that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, for if you do not, you will not have conveyed His Message. God will protect you from people. God does not guide the unbelieving folk.
Verily there has come to you a messenger from among yourselves for whom it is grievous that you should suffer; who is full of concern for you, to the believers full of pity, merciful.
Verily it is We Who have revealed the Remembrance, and assuredly We will preserve it.
When the youths took refuge in the Cave they said, 'Our Lord! Give us mercy from Yourself and remedy for us our affair through rectitude'.
And Dhū’l-Nūn, when he went off enraged thinking that We had no power over him. Then he cried out in the darknesses: ‘There is no god except You! Glory be to You! I have indeed been one of the wrongdoers’.
Indeed He Who has prescribed for you the Qur’ān will surely restore you to a place of return. Say: ‘My Lord knows best him who brings guidance and him who is in manifest error’.
Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but the Messenger of God and the Seal of the Prophets. And God has knowledge of all things.
Indeed God and His angels bless the Prophet. O you who believe, invoke blessings on him and invoke peace upon him in a worthy manner.
Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Might, [exalted is He] above what they allege!
And peace be to the messengers
And praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.
Muhammad is the Messenger of God and those who are with him are hard against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing, prostrating [in worship]. They seek bounty from God and beatitude. Their mark from the effect of prostration. That is their description in the Torah and their description in the Gospel is as a seed that sends forth its shoot and strengthens it, and it grows stout and rises firmly upon its stalk, delighting the sowers, so that He may enrage the disbelievers by them. God has promised those of them who believe and perform righteous deeds, forgiveness and a great reward.
Had We sent down this Qur’ān upon a mountain, you would have surely seen it humbled, rent asunder by the fear of God. And such similitudes do We strike for mankind, that perhaps they may reflect
He is God, than Whom there is no other god, Knower of the unseen and the visible. He is the Compassionate, the Merciful He is God, than Whom there is no other god, the King, the Holy, the Peace, the Securer, the Guardian, the Mighty, the Compeller, the Exalted. Glorified be God above what partners they ascribe!
He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.
and God is behind them, All-Encompassing
Nay, but it is a glorious Qur’ān,
in a tablet, preserved.
Details of the Prophetic Sandal, Barakat Muhammad and Haramain Art Panel
۩ Country of Origin: Morocco
۩ Time Period: 19th/ 20th century
۩ Print: High quality matte print and detail finishings
۩ Size: Approximately 46 x 34 cm (including frame)