Contains Quranic Quotations <<<
Islamic art interpretations <<<
Mahmudah Begum Jaffer
the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful,
the Maker of Perfect Harmony, the Shaper of Unique
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…
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
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.
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).
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.
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