Collections of Sharjah Calligraphy Museum have been updated in commemoration of the International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated on February 21st every year. 

Five new works of art, or Hilyas, Arabic for "ornament," which refers to a genre of Ottoman Turkish literature, have been placed on display as part of the museum’s collection.

Hilyas by Islamic calligraphers embody the physical appearance and moral, behavioural, and spiritual qualities of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

New pieces on display include the second largest Hilya in the Islamic world (300cm x 230cm), where calligraphist Zeyad Al- Muhandis used different types of Arabic fonts to create his masterpiece.

Early calligraphers have expressed their devotion to Allah by adorning canvases with the qualities and virtues of the Prophet (PBUH), using different fonts and styles.

Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, which falls under Sharjah Museums Authority’s umbrella, is the first museum solely dedicated to calligraphy in the region.

The museum continues to provide rich and rewarding educational experience through multiple workshops, especially for young people, with an aim to release their talents and to further promote the art of calligraphy among them. 

Source: Elite Media

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