The Arabic calligraphy mural located in UM Dorman, Sudan is a beautiful and meaningful piece of art. The mural, which is located in Khalawi, depicts “the Quran holder” and serves as a tribute to the students who memorize the Qur’an in this region. Khalawi is a special place where children from various African countries come to learn the Quran and Arabic language. The calligraphy used in the mural is intricate and skillfully executed, making it a stunning visual representation of the importance of the Quran and the dedication of the students in Khalawi. The mural serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage and deep religious traditions of the region.
The text written on the board:
O bearer of the Qur’an
The Most Gracious has singled you out
With thanks and crowns
And the spirit and the basil
For centuries, the “Khalawi” in Sudan remained one of the largest religious beacons that contributed to spreading Islam and memorizing the Qur’an, as well as teaching the principles of reading and writing.
Al-Khalawi is an integrated educational institution associated with Sufism. Its students transcend the borders of tribal and regional barriers, so that students from all parts of Sudan and neighboring countries come to it.
The history of the khalwa in Sudan goes back hundreds of years, and it expanded during the reign of Sheikh Ajib al-Mangalik (1570-1611), when the khalwat were built as houses attached to mosques.
Like the rest of the countries in the region, the retreats for teaching the Holy Qur’an in Sudan are among the largest religious institutions that have contributed to spreading the Islamic religion and memorizing and reciting the Qur’an.