NEW TRENDS IN ISLAMIC WALL HANGING ART

Islamic wall hanging art is seeing many new, modern innovations as more and more art stores emerge in the cyberspace selling all kinds of modern Islamic wall hanging– from low-cost wall decals and digital canvas or paper prints to stainless steel frames on which a versefrom the Holy Quran is displayed.

In addition to enhancing the appearance of your homes and offices, Islamic wall hanging art also has an obvious spiritual aspect to it. It serves as an expression of one’s faith as well asa frequentreminder of the blessings of Allah. Therefore, a large canvas print or wall decal with the words ‘Masha Allah’ in your living room not only expresses your beliefs, it also reminds you that the comforts you enjoy result from the Will of Allah. The Holy Quran is replete with supplications, which if framed on your wall, can help you and your family memorise them, provided you pay attention.

It also aids you in inviting your guests to read and understand the message of the Quran. If a visitor to your home doesn’t know how to read Arabic and asks you what a verse on your wall means, you can explain it to him.

Nowadays, many modern Islamic wall hanging frames or decals are accompanied with English translations. The English text, also written in a calligraphic style, isdisplayed adjacent to the Arabic verse. Since the large majority of Muslims do not fully understand or know the meaning of the verses, English translations are of help to them too. In some cases, only the English text is printed on the canvas or the decal or poster, sans the Arabic text – thus suggesting a shift from English to Arabic in Islamic wall hanging art.

Needless to say, nothing matches the beauty of the Arabic script. Its loops, curves, strokes, dashes, dots, and broken letters – make it apt for the art of calligraphic writing. The Arabic script is enigmatic – it has a profound, subtle elegance, and yet, it has an imposing effect with its grandeur. It’s no surprise that it has been used in Islamic wall art on many historical monuments.

Still, those who looking to buymodern Islamic wall hanging art would welcome the introduction of English as it aids in the spiritual aspect of the art – reminding people living in the home as well as visitors of the Mercy of Allah.

As a matter of fact, people now display verses according to the utility of the room. 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’.The entrance usually has ‘Haadha min Rabbi Fadhli’, which is Arabic for ‘This is by the Grace of Lord’.

Apart from long-time favourites such as ‘Alhamdulillah’, ‘Masha Allah’ and Ayat-al-Kursi, modernIslamic wall hanging art includes now even lesser known Quranic verses, quite often on demand by clients. Certainly, Islamic wall hanging art is ushering in some very interesting trends to watch out for.

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