The Muhammadan Light

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An illustration of ‘The Muhammadan Light’, according to a manuscript of the Shattari Sufi order of Sumatra, Indonesia. This manuscript, completed sometime after 1840, was written to teach Indonesian seekers on the path, the teachings of the great Muhammadan saint, Shaykh Safi al-Din Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Dajani al-Qushahi (d. 1661).

At the base of the illustration and inside the triangle, the Arabic text: Nur (Light), Nur Allah (the Light of Allah), and Nur Muhammad (the Light of Muhammad), is written. If read in a circular way, with the end connected to the beginning, the additional meaning of ‘Muhammad is Light’ appears. The upper half holds together two circles containing Arabic words that can be read two ways: Huwa Allah, Dhat, Haqiqah (He is God, Essence, Truth), or: Huwa Dhat, Allah Haqiqah (He is Essence, God, Truth). And Allah knows best.

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Small: 21 cm (width) x 29.4 cm (height)
Medium: 35.5 cm (width) x 49.7 cm (height)
Large: 50 cm (width) x 70 cm (height)
Paper Thickness: 0.25 mm
Paper Finishing: Matt Laminated

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