The latest home décor trend that has caught on in the online market is Islamic wall art. People looking to up the visual appeal of their residences and offices now buy online Islamic art in its different forms –economically-priced wall stickers, colorful canvas art and prints depicting a Quranic verse or a Prophetic narration.
Apart from increasing the aesthetic quotient of your living or working spaces, Islamic wall art also fulfills a spiritual purpose – it serves as a constant reminder of the Mercy and Grace of Allah. For instance, a huge wall sticker or poster with the words ‘Alhamdulillah’ in the dining hall would remind you to be grateful to Allah for the sustenance He has provided for your family. There are several Quranic prayers which, if pasted on your walls, can help children memorize them.
It can also help you spread the Divine wisdom of the Quran in a very subtle way. A guest at your home may not know how to read Arabic and may thus ask you to translate a verse on your wall. Once you explain the meaning to him/her, it may arouse the interest and curiosity of the guest to learn more about the beautiful message of the Quran.
Of course, many Muslims themselves don’t know how to read Arabic. For the sake of non-Arabic speakers, Islamic wall art frames or decals also come with English translations. The English text is written in a stylish font and is placed just next to or below the Quranic verse. Some Islamic wall art pieces have only the English text, without the original Arabic verse. This is a new, and very interesting change in Islamic art – moving from Arabic to English.
However, no script can compete with the beauty of the Arabic text. The Arabic script’s loops, dashes, dots, strokes, vowel symbols and broken letters make it most suitable for calligraphy. The Arabic script is subtle yet overwhelming. Verily, the Taj Mahal or the Blue Mosque would not have been as breath-taking without the Islamic calligraphy adorning their walls.
That said, the introduction of English in Islamic art is a welcome change as it helps in fulfilling the spiritual purpose of the art –reminding residents of the home as well as the visitors of the Blessings of Allah. Since English is a universal language, the benefits are more far-reaching.
In fact, people now paste verses on the walls according to the utility of the room. Therefore, the dining area is preferred for an ‘Alhamdulillah’ (‘Praise be to Allah’) wall art frame, the study room has ‘Tawakaltu Al-Allah’, which means ‘Put your trust/faith in Allah’. At the doorway, it is mostly ‘Masha Allah’, Arabic for ‘By the Will of God’.
Besides long-time favorites such as ‘Masha Allah’, ‘Bismillah’ and Ayat-al-Kursi, Islamic wall art now includes even lesser known Quranic verses, often on demand by clients.
Indeed, Islamic art is witnessing new, interesting trends both in terms of language and the range of verses.