The Red 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.
Set in regal tones of red and gold, our signature red hilya luxury art print is fit to be a centerpiece in any space. Beautify 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 + lower text:
On the authority of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, may God be pleased with him, when he described the Prophet, may God send peace and blessings upon him, 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. 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."
Upper outer circular text: "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves; you will see them bowing down, prostrating themselves, seeking grace from Allah and pleasure; their marks are in their faces because of the effect of prostration; that is their description in the Torah and their description in the Bible." (Qur'an 48:29)
Middle section: "We only sent you [Muhammad ﷺ] as a mercy for creation" (Qur'an 21:107).
Framing: Frame not included. You may have this custom framed. For a less expensive framing option, 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.
Now that your nikahnama is here, you’re not going to want to keep it in a mailing tube forever! Here are some tips for caring for your nikahnama on your wedding date, and beyond.
Upon receiving your nikahnama:
- Your nikahnama will likely arrive rolled in a tube, use some large heavy books to flatten it. You don’t want to have to struggle to keep it open while signing it.
- Check spelling errors on the nikahnama, and report them immediately if you see them.
- Decide who will be signing your nikahnama (And tell them to start practicing their signatures!)
- Choose your pen for signing (See our blog post here about what pens are best to use!)
On your nikah day:
- Designate one person who is in charge of transporting the nikahnama and pens, and storing it safely once it’s signed
- Keep an extra sheet of cardstock paper handy for all signatories to practice signing their signature with your pen of choice, to prevent any unwanted hiccups
- Tip: If you choose to keep your nikahnama in a frame on your wedding day, either leave the glass at home or wait to put your nikahnama back under the glass after the ink is dry. The last thing you want to do is smudge the ink.
Displaying your nikahnama at your nikah:
If you’re unable to find a readymade frame for your nikahnama, we usually recommend these two options:
- Find a readymade frame you like that is larger than the size of your nikahnama, and purchase a custom matboard that will fit your nikahnama into the exact size of your chosen frame. Here are some sites where you can purchase an inexpensive custom matboard: FrameItEasy, Matboard And More, Frame Destination, or talk to your local framer!
- The other option is to display it only in its matboard, and wait til after the nikah to have it custom framed.
We definitely recommend using an easel to display your nikahnama at your nikah!
Custom Framing your nikahnama
Custom framing provides a very finished look to your nikahnama, and also helps preserve it by keeping it in a vacuum-sealed, airtight frame. However because the frame is sealed shut, you should only custom frame your nikahnama after it’s been signed.
Here are some of the custom framing options we always recommend:
- Local framers are often the easiest and most hands-on option
- Framebridge is a site that many of our customers love!
- Level Frames
- Simply Framed