Levha, or Calligraphic Panel


This calligraphic panel includes an Arabic saying written in black Nasta'liq script on a brown background framed in blue and pink borders decorated with gold designs. The lower right and left corners of the panel are lost. The saying reads: “I entrust my affairs to God. Truly, God looks after His servants.” This particular prayer, which places complete trust in God, typically is recited by an individual as a du'a (pious invocation) to the Lord. Several mystical groups, such as the Naqshbandi order of Sufis, also recite this du'a in a repeated fashion during the Salat al-fajr (prayer performed at daybreak). Judging from the remaining strings attached at the top of this calligraphic panel, it probably had been suspended from a wall in a dervish lodge sometime during the 18th–19th centuries.

Last updated: April 12, 2016