“Allah is beautiful and loves beauty.”
– Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) –
Cambridge Islamic Art is a small, volunteer driven initiative which proudly launched their first online Islamic art sale in December 2015 in aid of the Cambridge Mosque Project. World-renowned Muslim artists, many of whom are masters of the Islamic art tradition, donated pieces in order to help to raise funds for Cambridge Mosque Project’s plan to build the first purpose built mosque in the famous historical city of Cambridge.
(Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad introduces Cambridge Islamic Art)
The sale featured 24 pieces of Islamic artwork in a variety of mediums including ceramics, glasswork, stone, and variety of techniques on paper. Some of these included calligraphy by master Turkish calligraphers Efdaluddin Kılıç and Hasan Çelebi, Chinese calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, illumination by Ayesha Gamiet, ceramic work by Parveen Zuberi, painting by Anam Khan, Japanese calligrapher Fuad Honda, award winning Pakistani calligrapher Rasheed Butt, modern art by Nasser Azam, stone carving by sculptor Adam Williamson and many more.
This was the first time that such a unique and diverse collection of Islamic art has been showcased together for such a cause. The collection was a blessed reminder of the beauty and on-going vitality of the sacred arts of the Islamic world and featured every major style and region of a diverse and luminous heritage.
The art sale was popularly shared on social media and through email sign ups to the website www.cambridgeislamicart.com. Local Cambridge TV interviewed one of the volunteers involved who introduced the sale and the Cambridge Mosque Project to local viewers.
During the sale week the website received views and purchases from all around the world including Singapore, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, USA and all over the UK. Over 80% of the artwork was sold and £25,000 raised, all of which went to the Cambridge Mosque Project.
If you missed the sale, have no worries – the interest and success generated by this first sale has allowed the Cambridge Islamic Art team to hold another sale later in 2016!
A sincere thanks from the Cambridge Mosque Project and Cambridge Islamic Art teams for all the support received, and to the artists who kindly donated their pieces for this cause. See you for part 2 later this year!
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