In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Kind

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DOORWAYS TO ISLAMIC ART

ARTICLES ::: EVENTS ::: MORE :::

>>> Contains Quranic Quotations <<<
>>> Includes Islamic art interpretations <<<

by
Mahmudah Begum Jaffer

Door ways to Islamic art
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful, the Creator,
the Maker of Perfect Harmony, the Shaper of Unique Beauty.
All Praise is due to Allah and we offer Salaam and Salutations on
our most Beloved Nabi Muhammad for whom all of creation was created,
his family, his companions and his friends (may Allah be pleased with them all).


Note to Parents and Teachers…

The book covers mainly symbolism in Islamic Art. Pictures and their possible interprerations are presented as declarations of confidence in, and gratitude for, the Love and Mercy of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, so that children can develop their own sense of spirituality.

The attempt is to nurture the ‘Allah consciousness’ with which they are born. They can identify these symbols in their everyday surroundings, and then remember or be reminded of the interpretations given here or an extended one given by yourselves…Ameen.

You are encouraged to supervise and assist your children when they work with this book so that the maximum benefit may be achieved. They may prefer to ‘fill in with patterns’ rather than to colour in (see page V for ideas).

After the seven concepts have been explored, try to identify where these were used in the Doorways to Islamic Art picture on page 42. It would then be useful to attempt further interpretations of the designs and patterns in this book.

The pages reflecting Quranic Ayaat (verses) consolidate the learning process and serve as a reminder of what we have learnt. These pages can be carefully cut out, coloured in, laminated and mounted on a bedroom wall !

I hope that Doorways to Islamic Art will provide many hours of fun and discovery to be enjoyed by both children and adults…Ameen.

Salaam

Mahmudah Begum Jaffer

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FOREWORD
Islamic artistic expressions can only be impressions of faith. The sounds of the
Qur'an, the eloquence of its various scripts, the mystery of a single dot; all of these
convey the levels of interaction the believer experiences with Allah's word.
Mahmudah Begum Jaffer (nee Rawoot), in Doorways to Islamic Art, explores the infinite possibilities of calligraphic and geometric expressions inspired by the timeless
meaning of the Qur'an.
Doorways to Islamic Art could be a deeper spiritual exploration, but it is
also simply fulfilling and enjoyable art-activity. In this way both parent and child,
educator and learner, can enjoy developing faith and practice together.


Moulana Ahmed Mukaddam
Deputy Rector ICOSA (Islamic College of Southern Africa)
Theol. BLY BA UDW MA UCT

22 Ramadaan 1422 / 8 December 2001 Cape Town, South Africa
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Doorways
Islaamic Art: Page V
Islamic Art: page 42
Islamic Art: books, lecrure notes, videos
 

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