The Word of Allah is the origin and principle of Islamic art par excellence. Just as the Word descends from the unseen and unmanifest order to the visible and material realm, so too does the art that is based upon it descend from the ‘formless’ sonoral level to the formal visual plane. And just as the Word, once having entered the formal plane of calligraphy, ‘develops’ horizontally by becoming ever more complex, similarly Islamic art unfolds its diverse possibilities through the course of history and in numerous Muslim cultures. By continuously reaffirming the presence of the One in the many and Unity in diversity, Islamic art, through its multifarious forms, allows for all Muslims to gain access to the spiritual journey back to the Origin from which the Divine Word issues.
The full name of this commentary is Kashf al-asrār wa ʿuddat al-abrār (“The unveiling of the mysteries and the provision of the pious”). It is the longest Sunni commentary in the Persian language. Selections translated by William Chittick.
The Qur’an addresses not only human beings, but also the cosmos. All creatures participate in Islam. It is much easier to be able to develop an environmental philosophy which will not be incongruent or artificial as if you would add an artificial tail to a donkey. It is part and parcel of the Islamic world view.”
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Shaykh Muhammad Siddeeq Minshawi – Surah Luqman 8-34 and Surah Sajdah 1-7.
Recorded in 1969 at Masjid Hussein, Cairo, Egypt.
Shaykh Mustafa Ismail – 1947 at the Royal Palace
Shaykh Mustafa Isma’il recites Surat ul-Kahf in 1949 at the Royal Palace
Abdul Basit – Surah Maryam