‘The Lion of God’ Islamic Calligraphy Lion. Ink on paper. Made up of invocations to ‘Ali. Made by a Shiite or a member of the mystical Bektashi order, signed by Ahmed Hilmî. Ottoman Turkey 12 Jumada I 1331 (19 April 1913). In this order, the 5 claws are associated with Allah, Muhammad, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn, and its red tongue signifies ‘Ali was the spokesman of Muhammad.'