The Blue Hilya - Luxury Art PrintRegular price $39.95
Traditionally, in Ottoman lands, the hilya was given as a gift to the bride from her family to display in her home for years to come.
Our signature blue hilya luxury art print is a majestic rendition filled with pastel flowers set in gold. Sanctify your space with the description of our beloved Messenger ﷺ. For more information on why the Hilya has been such a strong Islamic tradition, read our Journal post here.
Dimensions: 16" x 24"
Artist: Calligraphy and Illumination by Waqar Ahmed, 2020
Top section: "In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate"
Upper text circular area is surrounded by four disks containing the names of the first four Caliphs to the Prophet Muhammad, i.e., Abu Bakr (upper right), `Umar (upper left), `Uthman (lower right), and `Ali (lower left). Each disk contains the blessing, “May God be pleased with him.”
Upper circular text:
From Ali (may God be pleased with him): when he used to describe the Prophet ﷺ, he said, "He was not excessively tall nor overly short, but was of medium stature among the people. His hair was neither short and curly nor long and thin. He was a strong man, but not stout or fat. His face was entirely white and round, and he had intensely black eyes and long eyelashes. He was big in the shoulders and back. He was not hairy except on his chest, and he had hard hands and feet. When he walked, he pulled himself forward as though he were walking downhill, and when he turned, he turned his whole body. Between his shoulder blades was the seal of prophecy, for he is the Seal of the Prophets."
Middle section: "We only sent you as a mercy for creation" (Qur'an 21:107). This verse, in which God addresses the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, is a fundamental Qur'anic statement about the universal role of the Prophet.
Lower text translation (continues from "upper circular text"):
He was the most generous of men in his heart, the most truthful of them in speech, the mildest of them in temper, and the noblest of them in descent. Anyone who saw him immediately felt awe, and anyone who partook of his knowledge loved him. The one who described him says he has never seen anyone like him, either before or after him. May God bless him and grant him peace. God, bless and grant peace to Muhammad, your servant, your Prophet and your messenger, the illiterate Prophet, and to his family and companions, and grant them peace. Calligraphy by Waqar Ahmed.
Framing: Frame not included. You may have this custom framed, or for easy framing, pick a ready-made frame that's made for art equal or larger than 16" x 24" (such as a frame meant for 18" x 24" art), and have this print custom matted to fit the frame. This print looks lovely with darker mattes!