Islamic Painting "the Seven Sleepers" Islamic Calligraphy Wall Art Framed, Islamic Wall Decor, Talisman Home Decoration, Islamic Ornament

  • $140.00

* Subject: the Seven Sleepers (Ashâb-ı Kehf, ar: أصحاب الكهف)
* Materials used: inks and drawing paper
* Framed format: 19.7" x 16" (50cm x 41cm)
* Framed in the new frame with a mat ande glass
* READY TO HANG! The painting will be shipped with the frame as shown on the photo!

The imagery featured here derives from the story of the Seven Sleepers - a legend dating back to pre-Islamic times that became a metaphor for divine protection. The story, included in passage 18:9-15 of the Qur'an, took place in Ephesus (a town in present-day Turkey). Three Christian youths fled a pagan town and were later joined by four others and a dog. Determined to punish the fugitives for not respecting the pagan gods, the ruler set after the youths. The seven men and their dog found refuge in a cave, where they fell asleep. God ordered the angels of death to take their souls until the danger had passed. Three hundred and nine years later, God breathed life into them again. 
The image of the ship also carries symbolic meaning. In illustrated manuscripts and written sources, the Islamic faith is sometimes represented as a ship in a stormy sea. According to religious sources, if a ship was inscribed with the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, it would not sink.


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