The Majestic Hilya al-Sharif Poster (Illuminated)

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There is nothing in the art of Islamic calligraphy quite as illuminating as a hilya. It is a challenging and daunting undertaking due to the composition’s complex structure and layout. It became widespread in Ottoman Turkey. There the calligraphers developed a particular style of writing it during the sixteenth century, which was perfected by Hafiz Osman, the master calligrapher of the late seventeenth century. These hilya, often imitated, are round, and beneath the circular frame that contains the description of the Prophet ﷺ, the line “Mercy for the Worlds” is written in large letters.

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How does one describe the indescribable? How does one form an image of that which cannot be portrayed? That is what the hilya does; it gives parameters to the imagination, allowing one to begin to think about the Prophet ﷺ with a spiritual insight (without visualising or portraying him in a painting). This is perhaps why the masters of Islamic calligraphy state that by looking at the Hilya, it is as if one is gazing at the final Messenger ﷺ!

“He who sees my hilya after me, it is as if he had actually seen me, and he who sees it out of love and desire for me, Allah will forbid the fire of Hell to touch him, he will be safe from the trials of the grave, and he will not be sent forth naked on the day of resurrection.” (Tirmidhi)

Imam Ghazali Institute’s Hilya al-Sharif is a beautiful and significant description of the Prophet’s ﷺ external and internal qualities, which is based on an authentic narration from Shama’il al-Tirmidhi.

  • Printed on 320gsm Tint Stucco
  • Professional CMYK Digital Print
  • W42 x H59.4 cm
  • Extremely Detailed Vector Design
  • Specialist Double Component Foil Used for Decoration

Poster: 16.5 x 23.4 inches (A2)

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Weight 1.5 kg

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