وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا أَعْجَمِيًّا لَقَالُوا لَوْلا فُصِّلَتْ آيَاتُهُ أَأَعْجَمِيٌّ وَعَرَبِيٌّ قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ وَالَّذِينَ لا يُؤْمِنُونَ فِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرٌ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِمْ عَمًى أُولَئِكَ يُنَادَوْنَ مِنْ مَكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ
“Now if We had made it a Quran in a non-Arabic tongue they would surely have said, “Why is it that its verses have not been made clear? Why – a foreign tongue and an Arab?” Say, “For those who accept it, this is a Guidance and medicine for a wholesome life. But as for those who will not believe (Arabs or non-Arabs), in their ears is deafness, and so it remains obscure to them.They are like people who are called to from afar.” (Quran 41:44)
إِنَّا جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُون
“Behold, We have made it a Quran in clear Arabic language that you may fully understand.” (Quran 43:3)
Indeed, there are reasons why Qur’an was revealed to the people during the lifetime of Muhammad(sallallahu allaihi wassalaam) in the Arabic tongue;
• it was the language of the people where it was revealed & also the language of Muhammad (sallallahu allaihi wassalaam).
• To explain it without any want of clarity, distinctness or perspicuousness and to make it easy to understand.
One of the greatest legacies that Islam has given to the world and truly have flourished through out the years was the Arabic calligraphy. It always amazes people of how beautiful this way of writing has been done. Even though it is considered as the hardest language to understand and learn, for no other language can give justice to its beautiful meanings. Indeed, the Noble Qur’an is not just the words of Allah(subhanahu wa’a Tala) but a book of amazing poetry.
Years may have passed but the everlasting spectacle of this language has encumbered in the deepest hearts of Islamic believers, now it’s not just a simple way of writing but is considered one of the most eminent and magnificent aspects of Art, world wide. The Arab and nonArab generations have really produced eloquent and intellectual calligraphers that showcases one of the greatest legacies of Islam, brought it to the face of modernity but startled it with the rich culture and tradition of Islam.
In Egypt, one of the strongest realms of Islam, there’s a person that continues this exquisite style of art, Muhammad El Mahdy, a psychologist and calligrapher. What makes this calligrapher stand out from the rest is that, in his works the presence of faith and passion is very obvious to the extent that every artpiece looks like illuminating to the eyes.
El Mahdy shares some of his wonderful artworks and has given us the opportunity to know more things about him, Alhamdulillah.
How do you define your art?
I’m a psychological Artist, which I believe that Arts comes from our deep side of soul, And I’m going to hunt it.
What basically pushes or inspires you to do art?
Needs .. Needs .. Needs ( Art is life ) and we need our life.
Why do you and on what purpose do you create and make art?
Arts makes me so happy, and I want others to be happy too.
How do you want your art to affect and influence your audience?
Impressing them, make them happy and be optimistic for success.
Lover, professional student.
What’s the thing that people will always notice on your art?
Specificity, renovation and creativity.
Do you think your art can be a tool or the betterment of this world?
I’m trying hard to make that happened.
El Mahdy will always be an inspiration to all the Arabic calligraphy enthusiasts out there, he has one of the most incredible attitude that an artist who goes into fame easily forgets, humbleness. He is that person that would always keep his feet on the ground wherever his art and fame takes him. With that he leaves a piece of formula to all the people who strives to be calligraphers and artists;
Innovative Work or Innovation should always be composed of 70% imagination and practice, 30% perspiration and 1% inspiration, and at the end, Never, never, never give up.
He is a man with few works but lots of passion in his works. Masha’Allah.
Verily, Allah(subhanahu wa’a Tala) really did bless this brother a wonderful penmanship of islamic faith.
To view more of his works please visit the ff: