Sunday, December 6, 2015

With Mercy and Peace, Islam is Spread


This statement contradicts the stereotype that Islam is a religion that encourages violence and terrorism, rather it's a religion based on peace and serenity. This is proved through the greetings among Muslims which is "Assalamu Alaikom", meaning peace be upon you. Despite all the media outlets portraying this profound religion as violent and abusive, its own people disagree with what is going on around the world nowadays. Islam means no harm, and encourages love and tolerance. In addition, the word “Islam” refers to making peace, being in a mutually peaceful environment, greetings, finding peace, keeping away from troubles and disasters

Every religion has a distinctive virtue, and the distinctive virtue of Islam is modesty -words of The Prophet Muhammad -peace and blessings upon him

I used the kufic calligraphy since it inspires me. Kufic is one of the oldest calligraphic forms of various Arabic scripts. It developed around the end of the 7th century in Kufa, Iraq. Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy the Qur’an. The current flag of Iraq uses Kufic script to write God is the greatest

Kūfic script, in calligraphy earliest extant Islamic style of handwritten 
alphabet that was used by early Muslims to record the Qurʾān  I chose to do mine in the kufic calligraphy since it has to do with Islam and usually, most of the artists use calligraphy when it comes to religion and they use it in Islamic architecture

So many artists influenced me such as the famous Arabic calligrapher Uday Al Arji who lives in Dubai and is astonishing everyone around him with his astonishing work. His calligraphy is definitely done handmade, most of his work talk or send a message about peace. His work is mostly from the Qur'an and Hadeeth

I also was influenced by the female Arabic calligrapher Lubna Shaikh. She has been doing work that could be called “Islamic Art” for more than 10 years. She inspired me because nowadays we don’t have much female calligraphers. So she has opened the doors to all the females with her work. She started with craving calligraphy into candles (wax). Not long after, she started with mirror and glass (painting and etching), block printing, woodwork, pain and embroidery. Her calligraphy was inspired by the verse from the Qur’an “Without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”. She is inspired by Islam’s artistic history; calligraphers of the past who made connection with their hearts, bodies, and minds, who lifted their pens with the daunting task of creating script beautiful enough to carry the words of Allah
     For my calligraphy, I used 15ln X 20l white board.   I used several colors such as light blue, dark blue, orange, red, pink, and yellow. I got these different paper colors and cut them into small squares.




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