Do you wish to express your love and reverence for the family of the Prophet (peace be upon him), referred to in Arabic as ‘Ahlul Bayt’ or ‘People of the House’? Of course, the best way to express one’s love for them is to follow their teachings in our day to day lives, and send blessings upon them. One can though, also, express one’s love for them in the form of wall art in our home or office. After all, our living and working spaces are a reflection of who we are, including our beliefs and traditions. And this is where Islamic calligraphy art comes in – it is a visual expression of a Muslim’s beliefs. A significant part of a Muslim’s spiritual journey is to read up about the lives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his family. This helps us to understand their struggles, values, and teachings and enables us to love them more. It is one of the major reasons why people recount the tragedy at Karbala, in which Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him), who was the grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him), was martyred. If we are the kind who love calligraphy art and feel it’s a means to express our love for the Ahlul Bayt, then we can display Alhlul Bayt art on our walls – where the names of the Prophet’s immediate family – his daughter Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her), his son-in-law and Fatima’s husband Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), their elder son Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him) and younger son Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) – are written or painted or etched or even engraved in a calligraphic style. Indeed, if one were to buy Ahlul Bayt art, whether in brick-and-mortar retail stores, online commerce art or home décor stores, lanes of old markets, one would find many artworks.
Such has been the love for the Family of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that many an artist has diligently written down their names in the most beautiful of handwriting.
It’s important to understand that both the main sects of Muslims – Sunni and Shia – feel great reverence for the Ahlul Bayt. But it’s also true that one is more likely to find Ahlul Bayt art in the homes of Shias as they believe Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) to be their first Imam. The Sunnis, on the other hand, believe he was the fourth caliph of the Muslim community.
Irrespective of the different titles or positions that the two sects may attach to the Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), there is absolutely no dispute about the fact that Ali was indeed one of the most loyal followers of the Prophet (SAW) and his wife Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her) was the beloved daughter of the Prophet (SAW). Nor is there any dispute about the fact of the martyrdom of Husain (may Allah be pleased with him). And thus Ahlul Bayt art may be bought by any Muslim. Indeed, anyone who loves the People of the House may want to buy Ahlul Bayt art for their home.