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Islamic art is one of the richest and most widespread oriental arts, which is still being discovered. Mysterious and full of symbols, Islamic art is very attractive and has a deep meaning, which is devoted to understanding of the Creator and His greatness through every materialistic and nonmaterialistic link across the entire Universe. Although there are different paths (madhabs and tariqas) of understanding the Almighty in Islam, all lead to one source—the Holly Quran. The understanding of Quran came to Muslims through the messenger Muhammad Mustafa (peace be upon him, henceforth abbreviated to ﷺ.) who was the role model for all Muslims. Hence, Islam can be understood by reciting and learning Quran—the holly book integrating whole canons of Islam—and Sunnah, the way of prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Thousands of scholars rigorously studied the Prophet’s ﷺ. life and his teachings. The most well-known among them is Imam Al Bukhari, a renowned Islamic scholar, traveller, and Philomath. His collection of true hadiths (words and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. accepted as a major source of religious law and moral guidance) called “Sahih ul-Bukhari” is the second important book for Muslims after Quran. Imam al-Bukhari collected over 600,000 hadiths from thousands of Islamic scholars (Sheikhs) and selected only 7,397 verified ones for inclusion into “Al-Jami as Sahih” which became a guidebook for Muslims.

Reflecting on the studies and journey of Imam al Bukhari in collecting only sahih (authentic) hadiths, this exhibition is organised to allow some highly creative artists to share the message of noble Islam as a peaceful, wise, and tolerant religion founded on universal values that are relevant for everyone. All art pieces are produced especially for this exhibition and are inspired by one or several hadiths from Sahih Bukhari.

Imam Al Bukhari’s birthplace Bukhara, the city located in present-day Uzbekistan in Central Asia, was part of a magnificent land which gave the world thousands of scholars who contributed a lot to Islamic studies and explained its core principles through peace and enlightenment. Bukhara was also the centre for Islamic civilisation and the hub for Islamic renaissance (the period spanning the 9th and 10th century). Therefore, majority of art forms known today originated in Bukhara and were transmitted to the rest of the world via the Silk Road. To this day, the secrets of all these art forms are being kept by masters and are passed down from one generation to the next through practice. Thus, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to gain insight into that period, to learn about treasures of this magic land both historically and contemporarily, and to rediscover these truly inspirational art forms through the contemporary presentation of traditional arts.
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Explore the Exhibits and Hadith

As Islamic teaching is comprehensive, it is impossible to convey it in a single exhibition. Nonetheless, with purity and cleanliness as one of the most important and primary pillars on which both outward and inward state of a person rest, the creative works comprising this exhibition invite us to reflect on the five themes mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhari—mind, spirit, body, soul, and life.

All this represented by the bright and internationally recognized artists from Uzbekistan, who professionally and spiritually devoted to Islamic Art. As every artwork has a story behind, a message that, he would like to translate, these artists are telling the story of every Muslim based on the narratives of Prophet Muhammad (), focusing on one selected topic in it: mind, spirit, body, soul, life and God.  

Have a look at the items by visiting each artist room!

Discover Imam Al-Bukhari

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Imam Al-Bukhari, the Master of the science of hadith (sayings and teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)  Muhammad, the grandson of Abu Abdullah is sometimes known as Imam al-Muhaddithin (Leader of all hadith scholars). Imam Al-Buhkari’s father’s name was Ismael, who was one of the great scholars of his time and was a disciple and companion of Imam Malik. Imam Al-Bukhari’s mother was a devout and a woman of various miracles. She was known as a pure woman who earnestly prayed to Allah.

At his early ages Imam Al-Bukhari was injured in the eye and lost his vision, and doctors could not cure him. One day, Al-Bukhari’s mother saw Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) in her dream who told her, “Because of your prayers, Allah has restored the sight of your son”. Then she said, “When I woke up from sleep, sight returned to Muhammad’s eyes.”