In the world of Arabic calligraphy art, the biggest source of inspiration is the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims. The profound verses of the Quran give a sense of spiritual satisfaction to the artist when he writes them in calligraphy. Some verses and chapters, in particular, are written in calligraphy for the simple reason that they are very well-known. For example, one can find calligraphy enthusiasts searching online for ‘bestSurah Al Fatiha art’ or Surah Al Rahman wall stickers.
The Quran starts with Surah Al Fatiha. It is the first chapter of the Holy Book. Comprised of seven short verses, this surah is uttered a fixed number of times in each obligatory prayer (‘salah’ in Arabic, ‘namaaz’ in Urdu) that a Muslim performs five times daily. It is also recited a set number of times in voluntary prayers.
A good number of authentic prophetic narrations speak of the virtues of reciting Surah Al Fatiha. For example, Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The chapter commencing with ‘All praises and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds’ is the Mother of the Quran, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Quran.” (Tirmidhi)
Surah Al Fatiha is called ‘The Seven Oft Repeated Verses’asits seven verses are recited in each rakaah (round) of salah. Allah says in the Glorious Quran (Chapter 15, Verse 87): ‘And We have certainly given you, [O Muhammad], seven of the often repeated [verses] and the great Quran.’
Among the most well-known ayatsof the Glorious Quran is ‘FabiAyyi Ala-i-RabbikumaTukazzibaan’, which means ‘So which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?’. It appears 31 times in Surah Al Rahman which has 78 verses. It is because of this factor that many believersremember this verse by heart and therefore look for Surah AlRahman wall stickers.
The Surah, mostly revealed in the Makkan period, is quite poetic and profound, especially as its 78 ayatsare interspersed with the refrain ‘FabiAyyi Ala-i-RabbikumaTukazzibaan’ 31 times.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes in his commentary of the chapter, “The rhyme in most cases is in the dual grammatical form, and the argument implies that though things are created in pairs, there is an underlying Unity, through the Creator, in the favours which He bestows, and in the goal to which they are marching.”
‘FabiAyyiAala’iRabbikumatukazzibaan’ (‘So which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?’) appears for the first time in verse no. 13 of the surah. ‘Will you deny’ implies refusal or failure to acknowledge Allah’s favours upon us. This failure or refusal could manifest in our speech, action or thoughts. It also implies a misuse of the bounties of Allah, thus not different from ingratitude, denial or refusal to benefit from Allah’s Mercy and Grace.
No wonder Muslims look up on the Internet for ‘best Surah Al Fatiha art’ and Surah Al Rahman wall stickers.