Reproduction of HILYA hanging next to the throne of the Ottoman Sultans in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul. Faux Canvas Frame. Overall Size about 18 x 30 inches.
An easy way to invite blessings into your home.
SKU: 06602-5903 - Reproduction of HILYA hanging next to the throne of the Ottoman Sultans in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul. Faux Canvas Frame. Overall Size about 18 x 30 inches. (Artwork - - - , )

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An easy way to invite blessings into your home... simply display this Hilya in a place of honor in your home!

Islam discourages drawing pictures of God or the Prophets as it may lead to idolatrous worship. For this reason, aside from a few insignificant miniature paintings, largely meant for private viewing, there have been no pictures of the Prophet as public religious art. However the Prophet has been described vividly by his contemporaries in the Hadith literature. These word portraits allow each believer to picture the Prophet in his or her own heart and mind. These descriptions when written down in superb Arabic calligraphy are called "HILYA" in Arabic - the general meaning is "ornament"  and  "adornment". 

For many centuries Muslims, especially those in the Ottoman Turkish regions, have expressed their devotion, love and esteem for the Prophet by hanging exquisite Hilyas in their homes and workplaces in places of honor. In this way it was possible to  have a symbolic reminder of his noble character and charismatic personality in the home without the danger of falling into idolatrous ways.

Traditionally most  Hilya's  follow the stunning graphic format first developed by the great master calligrapher, Hafiz Usman. The most commonly used Hadith "word portrait" is that by Hazrat Ali, one of the four rightly guided Caliphs and the son in law of the Prophet. Traditionally Quran 21:107 and 68:4 are also commonly used.

Typically, the description of Muhammad is contained within a main circular disk that is the heart of the composition, which frequently has a slim lunar crescent surrounding the circle, recalling the description of the Prophet as the primordial light of the world. Four smaller disks containing the names of Muhammad's principal successors remind the viewer of the role of tradition in transmitting his legacy. In a section at the top in large letters are the words "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate," the phrase that begins nearly every section of the Qur'an. Highlighted below the text is a phrase from the Qur'an in which God announces the universal role of Muhammad: "We only sent you as a mercy for creation" (Qur'an 21:107), or "Truly, you are great in character" (Qur'an 68:4). The framing of this description by Godís words, proclaiming the cosmic role of the Prophet, signals the unique spiritual position that Muhammad holds. The section at the bottom of the composition contains the portion of the hilya text that spills over from the disk above, followed by prayers and blessings on the Prophet, together with the signature of the calligrapher.


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