Basmalah    Translation: “In the name of Allah, the most Gracious and the most Merciful”     Calligraphy style: Thuluth (Sülüs)

Basmalah Translation: “In the name of Allah, the most Gracious and the most Merciful” Calligraphy style: Thuluth (Sülüs)

Interior of the Hagia Sophia Main Dome (Quran 24 35 Ottoman Calligraphy)

DesertRose:::Interior of the Hagia Sophia Main Dome (Quran 24 35 Ottoman Calligraphy)

[O Muhammad], tell My servants who have believed to establish prayer and spend from what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, before a Day comes in which there will be no exchange, nor any friendship.

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Arabic is an intricate, beautiful language across its various dialects and geographies. Studying it in university opened me up to an entirely new and amazing world.

Nebula, by Kouichi Honda, 2003, Japan    The Qur’anic chapter, Surat an-Nur (The Light) is written to form a composition that looks like a nebula (an interstellar cloud of dust and gases). The choice to use this particular Qur’anic chapter was probably because it contains the verse which states that ‘Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.’ The Light Verse or Ayat an-Nur has been subjected to much scholarship and mystical reflection.

Nebula, by Kouichi Honda, 2003, Japan The Qur’anic chapter, Surat an-Nur (The Light) is written to form a composition that looks like a nebula (an interstellar cloud of dust and gases). The choice to use this particular Qur’anic chapter was probably because it contains the verse which states that ‘Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.’ The Light Verse or Ayat an-Nur has been subjected to much scholarship and mystical reflection.

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