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.

Culture: Exhibitions, Organisations, etc


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.

25 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. 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.
    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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??

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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,

  9. 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

  10. 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,


  11. Assalamou allaykoum
    Just few short lines to say that I’m really pleased to see my website “” 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,

  12. May I submit my website to the list?

    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.

  13. 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.

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