Surah Al Fatihah is the opening chapter of the Qur’an and literally means “The Opening” and is symbolic to new beginnings.
This square kufic calligraphy starts from the bottom right corner spiraling inwards towards the centre; this symbolises the inward spiritual journey to the core.
This chapter consists of 7 verses which have been highlighted with the Mother of Pearl inlay. This is in reference to “Sab’ul Mathaani” (the seven that are constantly repeated) which is mentioned in various parts of the Qur’an – “We have sent to you the Seven Oft Repeated Verses” (15:87) as well as the Hadith of the Prophet (SAW).
The inlay of Smokey Quartz is placed at the end of the Basmalah (In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate). The reason for the different inlay is to show the difference of opinion that is present among scholars regarding the Basmalah; whether it is inclusive in the chapter and part of the 7 verses or if it is excluded from it.
The group of scholars that say it is included as part of the 7 verses, combine the last 2 verses into 1 keeping the total number at 7 and the group that exclude it say that the chapter is complete without the Basmalah.
This chapter was revealed twice: once in Makkah and once in Madinah.
Other names it goes by:
- Umm ul Qur’an – Mother of the Qur’an
- Umm ul Kitaab – Mother of the Book
- Sab’ul Mathaani – The Seven Oft Repeated Verses
- Al Hamd – Praises to be God
- As Salaah – The Prayer
- Ash Shifaa – The Cure
- Ar Ruqya – The Spiritual Cure
- Asaas ul Qur’an – The Foundation of the Qur’an
This piece was created in 2016 as part of an end of year exhibition at the School of Traditional Arts.
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