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, Maghrebi, 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.
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. 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 map on the right depicts 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.
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 the 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!"
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)
۩ Frame:Wood frame with a gold finish
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