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Spiritual Benefits Of Islamic Wall Art

4:49 AM Lokesh kumar 0 Comments

One of the latest home décor trends that has caught on in the online world is Islamic wall art. Those looking to decorate their homes now buy online Islamic wall décor in its various forms – from low-cost vinyl stickers referred to as wall decals to canvas paintings or fine art paper prints depicting a Quranic verse.

Besides enhancing the aesthetics of your home, Islamic wall art serves a more important purpose – it constantly reminds you of the blessings of Allah. For example, a huge wall decal or poster saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ in your dining room would remind you of the blessing of sustenance by Allah. There are various duasfrom the Quran which, if pasted on your walls, can help children memorise them.
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.

In fact, many Islamic wall art frames or decals now also have the English translation written alongside or below the Quranic verse. As many Muslims themselves, especially those whose mother tongue is not Arabic, do not fully understand or know the meaning of the verses, English translations come in very handy. 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.

But of course, nothing beats 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.

Nevertheless, the introduction of English in Islamic wall décor is a welcome change 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’.

Besides long-time favourites such as ‘Alhamdulillah’, ‘Masha Allah’ and Ayat-al-Kursi, Islamic wall art now includes even lesser known verses from the Quran, often on demand by clients.

Truly, in terms of language and variety of verses, Islamic wall décor is witnessing some very promising changes.