What is Islamic Papercutting? & Who is Tusif Ahmad?
Cultural Value of Islamic Papercutting
Surah Ar-Rahman 3
The Kiswah is the cloth draped over the Kaaba in Mecca, a building prime amongst Islam’s holy sites. Each year a new kiswah is placed on the Kaaba during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Dozens of Saudi caftsmen, including some of the best calligraphers and artists in the world, work in Mecca preparing the elaborate silk and cotton cloth which is embroidered with gold thread. The kiswah has many distinct features, one of which is a specific design for covering the doorway to which this piece is a near replica.
Kiswah of Kabbah is the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is draped annually on the 9th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj. The artwork is a depiction of the Kiswah in papercutting.
Witnessing the Almighty is a representation of one of the most important journey’s of Muhammad(PBUH)’s life called Isra and Miraj. It’s a two part, both physical and spiritual, journey.
I have tried to imagine how Al-Buraq, the steed or creature from heavens was used for travel between Mecca and Jerusalem. Then I represent how the seven skies might exist and how Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met with different prophets on those skies, as well as imagination of Sidrat Al-Muntaha
Prophet Yunus (AS) was sent to the people of Naynawa, those were accustomed to worshipping idols. When there was something wrong in the society Allah sent His messenger to laid them on the right path.
Prophet Younus (AS) preached them. He explained that Allah is one and only to be worshiped. But they believed in idols. They refused to accept the oneness of Allah. He tied hard but they didn’t want to listen to him. Younis (AS) got angry with them The Prophet warned them against the result of their stubbornness and misconception. He said to them: “If you worship idols, Allah, the Glorified, will punish you.” But they didn’t listen. So, prophet Younis left Naynawa and went away and initiated journey towards the Mediterranean Sea.
He thought that Allah would punish them. But nothing happened, So, Younis continued his journey to the Mediterranean Sea. When prophet Younis left Naynawa, he was irritated. After some days the persons of Naynawa saw terrible signs. The sky was full of black clouds. There was something like smoke in the sky. So then Wise person told them that Younis was a nice and trustworthy and didn’t lie with us. He is a messenger of one and only Allah.
All the people repented because they knew that Allah will punish them. They asked forgiveness. So, the black clouds scattered gradually, and then the clear blue sky began to appear. The sun shined again. The people of Naynawa rejoiced at Allah’s great mercy and the blessing of faith and life.
When Prophet Younis arrived in the Mediterranean Sea, he took a permission for traveling in it. When the ship reached in the middle of the sea, A huge fish attacked the ship, for preventing all Younis (AS) jumped into the sea and fish swallowed him.
When he opened his eyes, he was in fish’s stomach. Then he realized that he shouldn’t leave the Naynawa. He asked forgiveness from Allah day and night. His prayer is now known as Ayat Kareema.