Achmat Soni, South Africa
He is the founder of the South African Foundation of Islamic Art. In his works he succeeded in creating elements of harmony between the Arabic calligraphy and the African culture. He used Ndebele art which is an indigenous art form practiced by the African Ndebele tribe. It is characterized by its vibrant colors and geometric shapes.
Chapter One in the Quran (Surah Faatiha) in Kufic Arabic letters with Ndebele illumination.
artwork glorifies Almighty Allah in Arabic text. It reads “ Glory & praise be to Allah, is Greatest”. A combination of traditional arabesque pattern and modern design fused into one. Arabic letters are extended in a way that looks like the ivory of elephants.