The Hilya


Artist Name

Shahryanshah Sirajuddin

Artwork Description

This calligraphic arrangement of the Hilya Sharif originated in Ottoman times by the scholar and master calligrapher Hafiz Osman. Hilya (Hilye in Turkish) literally means “ornament” and is understood as “a beautiful description”.

The Hilya is a written description of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and it originates from shama’il, the study of Muhammad’s ﷺ appearance and character.

Style: Thuluth Jali and Naskh Scripts
Islamic Illumination: Ayşe Gülcan Özbalak

Artwork Medium

Ink, paint, and paper


53.5 x 78 cm



The Hilya


Artist Name:  Shahryanshah Sirajuddin



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