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Roses from the Prophet l New York City
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, New York City Muslims organized the event “Roses from the Prophet” as a sign of good will to the people of New York. This was first done by the Muslims of Norway and spread throughout the world, including Australia, United Kingdom, and various cities in Europe, Canada and the United States.
All in all, we handed out 1,000 Roses to the public with an overwhelmingly positive response. The roses had cards attached to them which had sayings of the Prophet (pbuh), known as hadith, or quotes about him from famous people on one side and the following biographical description:
“I know a man who grew up without his parents but refused to be called an orphan. He married a woman whom he loved, opened his heart to, shared his burden with, and was loyal to, until her last breath.
Because of his profound message, he faced many severe trials in his life from others - yet he always showed mercy, even when in a position of power.
He was intelligent, wise, and persistent - He nurtured a powerful spiritual tradition based upon Divine principles and social justice. His final will said to be kind to each other, for we are all children of Adam & Eve. He left two things as part of his heritage: the Noble Qur’an and his purified family. This man, with his message, was a mercy for all humankind.
This is our Prophet Muhammad —- may God’s peace shower upon him, his family, and his faithful companions.”
A while back for my Chinese class I had to do a presentation on world religions and I came across Sini, which is a type of Arabic calligraphy style used in China. It’s interesting because not a lot of people realize that China a pretty sizeable Muslim population, especially in Western China. There’s even a writing style that was developed specifically for transliterating Sinitic languages with Arabic script. I’ll probably post more on that later but for now, here are some pictures of Sini calligraphy.
Unlike other styles of Arabic calligraphy, Sini uses brushes as opposed to reed pens so you get lots of soft shapes and tapered effects that are characteristic of Chinese calligraphy.
According to China Heritage Quarterly, Sini script probably emerged during the Ming Dynasty when China broke off contact with many of the Muslim populations ruled over by the Mongols, who had control of China during the Yuan Dynasty.
Here are some pictures of Sini calligraphy used to adorn mosques.
And here’s the official site of Hajji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, one of the most famous Sini calligraphers: http://www.hajinoordeen.com/
Source: China Heritage Quarterly
“ Wudu’ is half of Salah ; the utterance of ( Al-hamdu lillah- all prise belongs to Allah) fills the Scales; the utterance of (Allah is far removed from every imperfection and all praise belongs to Allah) fill the space between the heavens and the earth, and Salat (prayer) is light; and charity is the proof of faith ; and endurance is light, and the Qur,an is a plea in your favour or against you .Every person departs; he either ransoms it or puts it into perdition.”
No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity
Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury.
If you are the owner of a heart that is content
Then you and the owner of the world are equivalent.
— Imam Al-Shafi‘ee
“ Some prayed out of desire for reward. This is the prayer of merchants.”
Others worshipped out of fear of punishment. This is the prayer of slaves.
But others prayed out of thankfulness - and this is the prayer of the free.
The Month of Quran - Nouman Ali Khan [Quran Weekly]
“The entire spirit of Ramadan is the Qur’an itself”
In Arabic calligraphy, the ninety-first surah in the Holy Quran, Ash-Shams, meaning ‘the sun’; is written exactly once in the Islamic Calligraphy Diwani Jali script to create an abstract stylized sun. (Full English Translation at the bottom). [discovered this on Etsy, show this artist some love and buy their prints!]
Surah 91 - Ash-Shams
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious and most Merciful.
By the sun and its brightness.
And [by] the moon when it follows it.
And [by] the day when it displays it.
And [by] the night when it covers it.
And [by] the sky and He who constructed it.
And [by] the earth and He who spread it.
And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it.
And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness,
He has succeeded who purifies it,
And he has failed who instills it [with corruption].
Thamud denied [their prophet] by reason of their transgression,
When the most wretched of them was sent forth.
And the messenger of Allah [Salih] said to them, “[Do not harm] the she-camel of Allah or [prevent her from] her drink.”
But they denied him and hamstrung her. So their Lord brought down upon them destruction for their sin and made it equal [upon all of them].
And He does not fear the consequence thereof.
M.C. Escher said, ‘Mathematicians go to the garden gate but they never venture through to appreciate the delights within.’ An observant pair of scientists discovered that medieval Muslim mathematicians not only ventured through the gates, they artistically expressed the enchantments of the garden.
Dr. Lu (Harvard) and Dr. Steinhardt (Princeton) state that Islamic designers had mastered techniques ‘to construct nearly perfect quasicrystalline Penrose patterns, five centuries before their discovery in the West.’
“ In accordance with how good your expectations of and hope in Allah are and how truthful your reliance and trust are in Him, Allah will not betray your hopes in the least, as He does not betray the hopes of those who hope and does not cause any effort to go to waste.”