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New trends in Islamic calligraphy

A new home décor idea that has caught on in the ecommerce marketplace is Islamic wall art. Those looking to buy Islamic calligraphy can now find it available its different forms – whether low-cost wall decalsor canvas paintings or matte posters or metallic frames depicting a verse from the Quran.Calligraphy art for sale has indeed grown much in variety and accessibility.

Apart from enhancing the visual appeal of your home, Islamic wall artalso serves to be a frequent spiritual reminder. For instance, if you paste a large-sized wall decal or poster with the text ‘Alhamdulillah’ in your dining room, you should be reminded of the blessings of sustenance by Allah. The food on the table in fact should itself be a reminder.There are several supplications from the Quran which, if stuck to your walls, can help children learn them by heart.

It also helps you in doing Dawah, or spreading the message of the Quran. If a visitor to your home doesn’t know how to read Arabic and asks you the meaning of a verse on your wall, you can explain it to him or her. And you never know, it might spark further interest in your visitor in regards to the Quran.

As a matter of fact, now Islamic wall art frames and decals come with English translations as well – they are written alongside or below the Arabic verse. Since 80 per cent of Muslims are non-Arab and therefore do not fully understand or know the meaning of the verses in their original Arabic form, English translations are very useful for them in comprehending their faith. The English text is also written in a calligraphic, stylish manner. Sometimes, only the English text is printed on the canvas or the decal or poster, without the Arabic text – ushering in a new era in Islamic art. Come to think of it, it is actually a revolutionary trend in Islamic art – moving from Arabic to English.

That said, nothing can match the beauty of the Arabic text. The Arabic script’s inherent cursive nature – the loops, the dashes, the dots, the strokes and the broken letters – make it perfect for calligraphic writing. The Arabic script is quite enigmatic – it has a sublime, understated elegance, and yet, it strikes you with its grandeur. No wonder it has been used on many monuments of the past.
However, the introduction of English in Islamic wall art is a welcome innovation especially as it fulfils the spiritual purpose of the art – reminding people living in the home as well as visitors of the blessings, Mercy and Grace of Almighty Allah.

In fact, people now choose verses according to the room they are pasted in. So, the dining room has ‘Alhamdulillah’, which translates into ‘Praise be to Allah’ while the children’s room has ‘Tawakaltu Al-Allah’, which means ‘Put your trust/faith in Allah’. At the entrance, it is generally ‘Haadha min Rabbi Fadhli’, which is Arabic for ‘This is by the Grace of Lord’.

So, if you are looking to buy Islamic calligraphy, whether online or offline, be sure to be dazzled by the new innovations on offer. Indeed, calligraphy art for sale is set to see interesting times. 
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