Islamic art is often vibrant and distinctive. Islamic art isn’t restricted to religious work, but includes all the artistic traditions in Islamic culture. Its strong aesthetic appeal transcends time and space, as well as differences in language and culture.
Meaning & Beauty:
Art is the mirror of a culture and its world view. The art of the Islamic world reflects its cultural values, and reveals the way Muslims view the spiritual realm and the universe. For the Muslim, reality begins with and centers on Allah, Allah is at the heart of worship and aspirations for Muslims, and is the focus of their lives. So Islamic art focuses on the spiritual representation of objects and beings, and not their physical qualities. The Muslim artist does not attempt to replicate nature as it is, but tries to convey what it represents. This lets the artist, and those who experience the art, get closer to Allah.
For Muslims, beauty has always been and will always be a quality of the divine. There is a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad that says: “Allah is beautiful and he loves beauty.”
(Geometric decoration at the Grand Mosque, Kuwait)
(Darood E Ibrahimi – Muslim Calligrapher)
(Sana Naveed, ”The Maze of Verses of Sincerity” (Surah Ikhlas), 2010