Monday, December 8, 2008

Detail meaning about monotheism by the scholars

This painting is entitled Al Ikhlas (3), painted in 2008 on Linen with emulsion paint, the size is 76 cm X 76 cm.

The meaning of the ayat:
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
1. Say (o Muhammad S.A.W.): He is Allah, (the one)
2. Allah-us-Samad (Allah - the Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, (he neither eats nor drinks).
3. "He begets not, nor was He begotten."
4. "And there is none co-equal or comparable onto Him." 

According to Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan and Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali from Madinah Al Munawarah, (March, 1999), the authors of "Interpretation of the Meanings of The Noble Qur'an in The English Language" Published by Darussalam Publishers, printed in Italy ; 

Tauhid (Islamic Monotheism) has three aspects:

(A) Oneness of the Lordship of Allah; Tauhid-ar-Rububiyyah: To believe that there is only one Lord for all the universe and He is, the Creator, Organizer, Planner, Sustainer, and the Giver of security, that is Allah.

(B) Oneness of the worship of Allah; Tauhid-al-Uluhiyyah: To believe that none has the right to be worshipped (e.g. praying, invoking, asking for help from the unseen, swearing, slaughtering sacrifices, giving charity, fasting, pilgrimage) but Allah.

(C) Oneness of the Names and the Qualities of Allah: Tauhid-al-Asma was-Sifat:
(i) One must  not  name  or  qualify  Allah  except  with  what  He  or  His Messenger (s.a.w.) has named or qualified Him;

Painted in 2008, entitled Shahadah. Emulsion on Linen, measures 64 cm X 64 cm

ii) None can be named or qualified with the Names or Qualifications of Allah; e.g. Al-Karim;

(iii) We must believe in all the Qualities of Allah which Allah has stated in His Book (the Qur'an) or mentioned through His Messenger (Muhammad s.a.w.) without changing their meaning or ignoring them completely or twisting the meanings or likening them (giving resemblance) to any of the created things e.g. Allah is present over His Throne as mentioned in the Qur'an (V. 20:5):- 

"The Most Gracious (Allah) rose over (Istawa) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty)," over the seventh heaven; and He comes down over the first (nearest) heaven to us during the last third part of every night and also on the day of 'Arafah (Hajj, i.e. the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah), as mentioned by the Prophets.a.w. , but He is with us by His Knowledge, not by His Personal-Self. Also Allah says:

"There is nothing like unto Him and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer" (V.42:ll). This Noble Verse proves the quality of hearing and the quality of sight for Allah without likening it (or giving resemblance) to any of the created things, and likewise He also says:

"To one whom I have created with Both My Hands," (V.38:75); and He also says: "The Hand of Allah is over their hands." (V.48:10).

This confirms two Hands for Allah, but there is no similarity for them. This is the Belief of all true believers, and was the Belief of all the Prophets of Allah, from Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and 'Isa (Jesus) till the last of the Prophets, Muhammad s.a.w. (It is not as some people think that Allah is present everywhere — here, there and even inside the breasts of men).

Painted in 2004, entitled Al Ikhlas (1).Emulsion on canvas, measures 50 cm X 50 cm.

These three aspects of Tauhid are included in the meaning  of La ilaha illallah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah). It is also essential to follow Allah's Messenger, Muhammad s.a.w.: Wujub al-Ittiba' and it is a part of Tauhld-al-Uluhiyyah. This is included in the meaning, "I testify that Muhammad s.a.w. is Allah's Messenger," and this means, "None has the right to be followed after Allah's Book (the Qur'an), but Allah's Messenger s.a.w."ilaha illallah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah). It is also essential to follow Allah's Messenger, Muhammad s.a.w.: Wujub al-Ittiba' and it is a part of Tauhld-al-Uluhiyyah. This is included in the meaning, "I testify that Muhammad s.a.w. is Allah's Messenger," and this means, "None has the right to be followed after Allah's Book (the Qur'an), but Allah's Messenger s.a.w."

Allah says: "And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad s.a.w.) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)." (V.59:7) 

And also Allah says: "Say (o Muhammad s.a.w. to mankind), 'If you (really) love Allah then follow me [i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah (legal ways of the Prophet s.a.w.)], Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins.' "(V.3:31)

This painting is also entitled Al Ikhlas (2),
was treated with the inclusion of ornaments around the ayat,
formed by arrangement of shapes of Sinar leaves
which I collected during my visit to Greece in 2006.
It was painted on Linen with emulsion in 2007,
the size is 76 cm X 76 cm.


awangpurba said...

Salam Sir,
Thanks for visiting my page.

waaahhh.. reading your "about me" make me feel so "little".. hehe..
Those agencies u mentioned, was my past dreams.. im a graphic designer too. graduated from ITM. majoring in advertising.
but now i do motion graphic, and 3d animation. as a freelancer.

Sir, actually i was fell in love with traditional hand written khat/calligraphy, but i found it very difficult. i took calligraphy class in itm for a semester. after i fail to wrote in the correct way, then i try to mix khat with graphic design.. that's what u saw in my blog.. hehehe.. and i called it typography.. it's not khat/calligraphy anymore..

sir, about square kufic, i found it very "tricky" to get the perfect square. im still learning about kufic too.. it's more hard then standard letters.

sir, if u make an exhibition someday, let me know ok.

sorry sir, my english kurang bagus but i have to write in english. so i can get a bigger crowd/visitors to my page. and those people around the world have start asking me to design their name in arabic letters.. hehe..

sir, maybe u know my superb lecturer, Dato Prof. Ahmad Hj Zainuddin. He lectured Advertising.

shukor yahya said...

Dear brother Awang Sang Purba yang Riang dan Ria,,

Salams. Thank you for visiting my blog and I am truly delighted to have your comment posted to my site. Honestly, I respect you as an emerging force to graphic design world from my own country.

I never look at one's experience but rather, I am more interested in their potential. Yeah, you have it brother! Keep up with all you good works.

Since you and I have a lot in common, I feel that we should keep this relationship professionally for very long time. Maybe we can come out with something significant to start a new "ism" in the art history beginning from this region. Why not, rather than from Europe or the USA as per normally.

I also get comment from agfa from Singapore (have you visit their blog?), whom their works I also admire. They too are welcome to the Kufi community. Like I have said, I appreciate quality relationship among people.

All praises are only for Allah, so, even if you like my works please address your praises to Allah, the creator of of everything including you and me and our works. But, if somebody like to buy my work they can deal with me.

Yeah, I know Prof. Ahmad Hj Zainuddin, your advertising lecturer. He was my three years senior in Graphic Design course. During my time of study I had great lecturers like Ahmad Nazri Clerk, Redza Piyadasa, Dr Suleiman Isa, Prof. Dato' Raja Zahabuddin, the late Joseph Tan and Ahmad Khalid Yusof,

These are the people who have revolutionized and developed my mental capacity to be creative and innovative. For their contribution to make me a man of substance in the Art and Design world, I owe them greatly. I make do'a for them, always.

Firdaus Mahadi said...

Salam ziarah pada saudara shukor, terima kasih sudi ziarah blog sy yg tak seberapa, Alhamdulillah, sy lihat kufi murabba' @ empat segi yg saudara buat menarik, sbb sy sendiri belum lagi menguasainya dengan baik, kerana kufi murabba' ini boleh dikatakan agak susah nak membuat bentuknya supaya ianya serasi dengan huruf-huruf yg lain dan juga tidak lari dari qaedah penulisan kufi murabba', buat masa ni sy berusaha untuk memantapkan qaedah² seni khat yg lain terutamanya thuluth dan nasakh.

Doakan sy berjaya dalam bidang ini, niat sy hanya ingin memartabatkan dan membudayakan seni khat dan jawi di Malaysia ini terutamanya...mudah-mudahan usaha kecil sy ini membuka mata masayarakat akan betapa pentingnya penguasaan jawi dalam kehidupan seharian.

shukor yahya said...

Salams brother Firdaus Mahadi,

Alhamdulillah, I thank you for posting your sincere comment about my Kufi Murabba' attempts. As a matter of fact this is my first time to know the word Murraba' myself, because I am not good with Arabic language.

I believe you too have the potential to be included in our Kufi community, because I saw you wrote your own name in the typo which I found it interesting.

I respect you ability in mastering thuluth and naskh writing. Once I was like you but at the moment I am focusing on Kufi. Maybe I should post a special page mentioning in brief about my experience in thuluth writing in Art and Design for the public to notice.

I also respect your noble intention to glorify Jawi writing. You have my do'a to Allah, so you may excel in you effort.

Blue said...

so cool and very good concept on color mixed your calligraphy art, i like so much!