Description Sacred Naalain of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with Holy Ka’aba
This beautiful art panel is a reproduction of a late 1700s or early 1800s outline of a traditional depiction of the Prophetic Sandal with its well-known pointed form. The original painting was created using body-color (gauche) and is located in illustrated Maghrebi manuscript.
The Naalain encompasses a diagram of the Holy Ka'aba and the Maqam Ibrahim. A geometric interlocking square design is located at the mid-foot section. The outline of the sandal is bordered with prayers in white Maghrebi script reserved against a blue ground. The spandrels with geometric Kufic squares are inscribed with the phrase 'barakat Muhammad', meaning 'the blessings of Muhammad' and contain polychrome floral illumination.
Ibn Asakir, iin his writings about the benefits of the Prophetic sandal image, states that its owner will be protected from oppression and will have victory over enemies. He stresses that it is a talisman (taweez) against the devil and its power wards off jealousy, envy and the evil eye. He also recommends that women, during childbirth, should hold an image of the Naal for it brings with it Allah's strength and power for protection and safety. This ritual still continues in many traditional Islamic societies till today.
Details of the Prophetic Sandal 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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