Description of Calligraphic Representation of Imam Ali
The artwork, created by Ibrahim Danishpishah, is a reproduction print of an early 20th century representation of Imam Ali, the cousin and son-in-law Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, in calligraphic dust-form. Sayidna Ali is centered under a mihrab, with his face veiled, holding his Dhulfiqar sword.
The halo around the Imam's head consists of prayers on the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the members of his household. It reads:
Allah, sanctify Muhammad and the family of Muhammad
The inscriptions on the robe of the Imam’s garment consists of Surah al Ya-sin which some scholars refer to as “The Heart of the Quran”. This reference is based on a hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as cited in the Tafsir Imam al-Qurtubi: “Everything has a heart, and the heart of the Quran is Ya- Sin. Whosoever recites Ya- Sin , God records for him the recitation of the Quran ten times for his recitation of it”. Various scholars confirm that Ya- Sin is the heart of the Quran because it addresses central doctrines regarding God, prophethood, and the Hereafter.
Ayat al-Kursi (Quran, 2:255) or 'The Throne Verse' is beautifully scripted on the border of the image. It translates to:
God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Self-Subsisting. Neither slumber overtakes Him nor sleep. Unto Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth. Who is there who may intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows that which is before them and that which is behind them. And they encompass nothing of His Knowledge, save what He wills. His Pedestal embraces the heavens and the earth. Protecting them tires Him not, and He is the Exalted, the Magnificent.
Details of Imam AliCalligraphic Panel
۩ Country of Origin: Iran
۩ Time Period: 20th century
۩ Size: Approximately 34 x 46 cm (including frame)