Art, Music & Culture

Peace, one and all…

Although it is not always understood in this day and age, the faith of Islam has given rise to a vast range of cultures, art forms and creativities.  The peoples of Islam have included (and still do include) poets, musicians, artists, painters, sculpters and calligraphers.  The aim of this page is simply to collect as many links to this vast world as possible, as a kind of celebration to the creative explosion that is Islam.

And at the end of all things, all praise is due to Allah: for life, talent and the ability to express ourselves.

Culture: Exhibitions, Organisations, etc

Design

Music (Traditional)

Music (Contemporary)

Scholarly Rulings (fatawa) on Music

Poetry & the Written Word

Photography, Painting, Calligraphy & Woodwork

Theatre & Performance Art

Personal Influences

This section includes links to artists, musicians and others that have influenced me personally in my life.  They extend beyond the Islamic tradition.

23 thoughts on “Art, Music & Culture”

  1. Salam alaikum,

    Thanks for all these links! What a great reference.

    I put up a couple pages on my blog, about American and Bosnian Muslim musicians. I kind of got the idea from seeing all your pages, as I’d never really thought of using pages to do this kind of thing until I saw yours, I hope that’s ok.

  2. Wa alaikum salaam MC

    Ahlan wa sahlan. You’re most welcome. Help yourself to anything here. There’s no charge! ;)

    Abdur Rahman

  3. yam,
    its really good to see this kind of informative website which is giving all the information about the ismailism,and also we do not have a need to go any where for searching about the project of aga khan and thier world in all over the world,and i really appreciat u to do it.
    BUT WAIT THEIR IS ANOTHER GOOD NEWS FOR EVERY ONE I HAVE ALREADY MADE MY OWN WEBSITE ABOUT THE ISMAILIESM
    LOVEFORIMAM.WORDPRESS.COM
    which will give more information about the imam(a.s.) and also it really informative and i hope that u will apporve my comments will appear on you website.
    thanks and yam.

  4. Salaams Karim

    Thank you for your comments. Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. Although there are links to specifically Isma`ili sites here, I am not an Isma`ili myself. That said, I have the greatest respect for the Isma`ili tradition, and the Shi`a tradition in general.

    I will, insha Allah, visit your web page as soon as I have time.

    Allah bless you and khuda hafez

    Abdur Rahman

  5. well i wet for u, and also good see that u have a lot of collection then me and it is good sign for me also.

  6. Salaams Karim,

    Feel free to use anything here.

    I have visited your site very briefly. Ma sha Allah, it is an interesting one.

  7. i am a convert.. but i teach ballet.. which is ironic.. i love teaching kids dance movements.. but my husband said it is harram,, dancing is an art, an expression of oneself.. can you comment on this??

  8. Salaams Fawziyya

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always.

    There are differences of opinion regarding music. Some see it as haram in and of itself, others see it as being more a question of how music is used and for what purpose.

    As for dancing, I suppose it depends on the context, i.e. where and when it is happening. I am not a jurist (faqih), so if you have detailed questions, I’d advise to seek out a jurist and ask them

    Abdur Rahman

  9. salaam, Abdur Rahman,
    Just found your blog. Are you Abdur Rahman Azzam?
    Regards,
    Fatima

  10. Salams Fatima,

    Welcome to my online home. Allah bless you always. No, I’m not Abdur Rahman Azzam.

  11. Assalamo Alaiykum Abdur Rahman,
    Many thanks for your reply. Masha Allah, your blog is very informative. I would like to share my humble blog with you soon!
    Allah Hafiz!
    Fatima Zahra

  12. Wa alaikum salam Zahra,

    Thank you for your kind words. Anything that is true here comes from God. Only the mistakes are mine. I must confess that I visited your blog following your earlier post. Ma sha Allah! I love this kind of artwork and so, insha Allah, will definitely be visiting again. :)

    Welcome again. Allah bless you always.

  13. Assalamu Alaikum Abdur Rahman and all sisters and brothers.

    I didnt know where to post this request so hope its ok here?
    Next week I will be travelling to Granada and Seville Insh’allah. Does any one have any tips or advice, must sees etc, re people and/or places ?

    Thank you and best regards,
    Hamid.

  14. Wa alaikum salam Hamid,

    Feel free to post wherever you wish, and to the extent that you wish.

    As for your request, I’ve never been to those places myself so I can’t really offer any suggetions. I imagine you’ll want to visit the Alhambra palace (though that may not actually be near to where you are travelling).

    At any rate, may Allah bless you on your journey. May it be an easy journey, with no hidden difficulties. But mostly, may it be a journey of love and blessing, and may Hu draw you ever closer to Him.

    Fi aman illah….

    Abdur Rahman

  15. Salams and thank you for your good thoughts Abdur Rahman, we are staying very close to The Alhambra, so will visit it and the new Mosque and the Muslim sites in Seville, and hopefully The Mesquita in Cordoba.
    May Allah bless you and yours,

    Hamid.

  16. Salams Hamid,

    Amin to your dua. May it be a blessed and refreshing trip.

    Please remember me and my family in your prayers.

    Abdur Rahman

  17. Assalamou allaykoum
    Just few short lines to say that I’m really pleased to see my website “ilhamsadellah.freeservers.com” under the name of islam. I’ll have a look through the links here later as I came across your site by chance.
    Kind regards,
    Ilham

  18. Wa alaikum salam

    You are, of course, more than welcome. Ma sha Allah. You have a lovely website.

  19. May I submit my website to the list?
    http://www.schmidt-gallery.com

    Currently, I am exploring my own understanding of Islamic Art. I am following Islamic guidelines, while using my own artistic style, and choosing subject matter which appeal to me. With this simple combination, I hope to invent a new style which will be accessible to all people, and perhaps even serve as a bridge between my European/American culture and my Islamic beliefs.

  20. Alhamdulillah
    Thanks for collecting all Islamic art related sites in one blog. I am a Muslimah artist and I have two sites. http://www.salmaarastu.com and
    http://www.yourtruegreetings.com
    Please browse on them and i hope you will include these sites also.
    Thank you again.
    Salma Arastu

  21. Salams Michael

    Thank you for sending me the link. I’d be glad to add it. I haven’t had a chance to look through it yet, but will shortly insha ALlah.

  22. salaam,

    Impressive and interesting.

    we search around the world, for what is concealed in our hearts.

    Wishing you all the best in your journey.

  23. Salam Adeel,

    Indeed we do. Allah bless you always

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