The beauty and transiency of life are important elements of the Holy Quran and Hadith. The meanings of life and death, and the thoughts on this life and hereafter are in the focus of this philosophy, which can be translated into artwork through symbolical patters. The works included in this exhibition were created using tempera colours and gold-leaf on ancient books.
Narrated by Muawiya: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah’s teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah’s order (Day of Judgment) is established.”
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari 71
Narrated by ‘Abdullaha bin ‘Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Once solar eclipse occurred during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle. He offered the eclipse prayer.” His companions asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! We saw you trying to take something while standing at your place and then we saw you retreating.” The Prophet said, “I was shown Paradise and wanted to have a bunch of fruit from it. Had I taken it, you would have eaten from it as long as the world remains.”
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari 748
Zaytun (Olive tree)
Narrated by Al-Bara: I heard the Prophet reciting “Wat-tini wazzaituni” (95) in the ‘Isha’ prayer, and I never heard a sweeter voice or a better way of recitation than that of the Prophet.
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari 769
Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By the one in whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Allah and you will not submit until you love one another. Spread peace and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves away the religion.”
Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 260
Kamoliddin Abdullaev is a master of the book painting art form with national as well as international reputation. His miniatures are produced in the style of Kamoliddin Bekzod, prominent Uzbek artist, miniaturist, and book painter who lived in the 14th or 15th century. In his work, Kamoliddin focuses on religious themes. His art has been presented through solo exhibitions as well as festivals in Uzbekistan, Turkey, Russia, Malaysia, India, Algeria, the Kingdom of Oman, Iran, China, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Holland, Belgium, and France.
• The Institute of Arts of Uzbekistan
• Abul Qasim Medrese of Handcraft mastership