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by : Shahryanshah Sirajuddin


Qaf. By the honored Qur’an (Sura Qaf 50:1)

This unique composition by master calligrapher Shahryanshah Sirajuddin reminds of the lofty state of the Quran and of the place it should hold in our lives.  Upon closer inspection of the letter قٓ, one sees Tezhip by Ferhad Gündem, flower etchings that outline the letter وَ.  Thus the first letter in the composition is both the first and second letter of the Ayah, قٓ and وَ , making a beautiful seat for the rest of the ayah.  قٓ is one of the Muqatta'at Letters, letters that are used in an opening verse of a chapter in the Quran. They contain divine secrets, and the meaning of these letters is known to no one but Allah. 

This is a precision reprint of the original and will be produced and shipped from Turkey.

The Istanbul Islamic arts culture gives much importance to precision reprints. Artists and patrons alike understand that not everyone can have original work, yet their work needs to be available to a wide breadth of customers. The production of superior quality reprints is a highly developed “art” of its own, and to the untrained eye, these pieces can be mistaken for an original.  Only the most respected calligraphers and tezhip artists have the opportunity to have their works professionally reprinted in this fashion, and they also are consulted in the process of reprinting the work of past masters

About the Artist

Shahryanshah & Fatma Ulusoy Sirajuddin

Shahryanshah Sirajuddin (b.1986) was born in Sangkulirang, Indonesia. He graduated in Islamic Law of Al-Azhar University-Egypt in 2009 and received his ijaza (license) for Rik’a, Diwani and Diwani scipts from Sheikh Belaid Hamidi in Egypt.

Upon recommendation of his master he came to Turkey in 2010 to practise calligraphy further. He practised Thuluth and Naskh under the guidance of a number of masters such as Hasan Çelebi, Ferhat Kurlu and Mümtaz Seçkin Durdu leading him to receiving his ijaza organised by iRCiCA (Research Center for islamic History, Art and Culture). He also received calligraphy lessons from various masters in Istanbul including Şavaş Çevik, Ali Toy, Davut Bektaş, Mehmed Özçay and Osman Özçay.

Shahryanshah continues to produce magnificent works of calligraphy and also undertaking a Magister program in Fine Arts Department at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University.

Fatma Ulusoy Sirajuddin was born in Istanbul (b.1988) and graduated from European Islamic University Faculty of Islamic Sciences in 2012 and graduated from Anadolu University Open Education Faculty of Theology in 2016. Fatma continued her education with her husband Shahryanshah in Riq’ah and Divani scripts until 2015 to later focus on illumination with Ayşe Gülcan Özbalak.

Both husband and wife continue to produce magnificent works of illuminated and calligraphy works in Istanbul.