The Past and Future of Hand-Knotted Rugs
Pakistan represents one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of hand-knotted rugs and carpets. The techniques used to create these beautiful pieces span back to the 11th Century when they arrived with the first Muslim conquerors. Carpets and rugs have been a part of Islamic culture from times unknown. Their predominant use was to cover the floors of mosques as well as houses. Occasionally they would also be used as wall décor. Today, their popularity has grown but their uses remain the same.
In present times, hand-knotted carpets and rugs make up one of the leading export products in Pakistan. The exotic design of each rug is hand-woven using ancient Persian techniques. The weaving process requires much patience, dedication, and skill. It consists of tightly knotting the threads to create unique and beautiful patterns which form a high-quality, tightly woven rug. Plush fabrics and natural fibers are used to breathe durability and life into every piece.
Sadly, the people who produce these exquisite rugs and carpets are from very poor areas where families labor long hours to create these masterpieces that are worthy of worship. Often, children become part of this process at a young age. The commercial manufacturing companies that mass produce Persian rugs and carpets keep their workers in terrible conditions where the pay is practically nothing.These carpets and rugs may look beautiful, but the barakah within is missing.
When you purchase a carpet or rug from Zarabeey, you will find peace in knowing that you are not contributing to mass production or commercialization. You are contributing instead to a team of poor widows and young men and women, allowing them the freedom to work at their own pace from the comfort of their own homes. You are helping to support the beautiful art and technique of ancient Islamic civilizations.
Visit Zarabeey where “carpets tastefully spread around.” Browse the large collections of beautiful, hand-knotted rugs, carpets, and wall-hangings, including the Blessed Sandal Rug. Explore Zarabeey and find the highest quality wall hangings that evoke the sacred (barakah); prayer rugs for worship (ibadah); and carpets truly worthy of a divine gathering (dhikr). Attain a greater sense of gratitude (shukr) when you purchase these beautiful items which are all handmade and of traditional design but never mass-produced.
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Barakah of the Blessed Sandals
The image of the blessed sandals (Na`Layn Mubarak) of the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) is one that can be kept in every Muslim household. The barakah is strong within the sacred objects that carry this design upon them. It has been permitted by the Muslim scholars of Islam (Ulema) to stand inside of the image of the sandal to pray, and to place the crown of one’s head on the sandal while surrendering to Allah, the Highest.
The Story of the Blessed Sandals
There is a great story behind the blessed sandals of the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) which explains the Barakah within the items depicting this sacred image.
It is told that when Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) traveled to Mount Tur to speak with Allah (Glorified and exalted be He), it was asked of him to remove the sandals he wore. However, when Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace) ascended the mountain during his night journey to visit Allah (Glorified and exalted be He), he wore his blessed sandals and it was never asked of him to remove them.
The son of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him) remarked on this:
“Of the proven blessing of the likeness of the sandal of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is that whoever has it in his possession for blessing (Tabarruk), it will safeguard him from the sedition of rebels and the mastery of enemies, and will be a barrier against every recreant devil and the evil eye of the envious. If the pregnant woman holds it in her right hand at the time of labor, her delivery will be easier by Allah's change and His might.”
If Allah wills (Insha Allah), the sacred image may also be a means of obtaining His blessings. The intended use of the Blessed Sandals Rug is as a prayer rug or wall hanging and it should be treated with the utmost reverence and affection, as one should treat any object depicting the image of the blessed sandals of the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace).
The Barakah of the blessed sandals may be expressed best through the words of one of the many poets who have been motivated by this sacred piece of history, Imam Yusuf Al-Nabahani, who wrote:
May the best of blessings and peace be upon the owner of these blessed sandals. Verily I serve the image of the sandal of Mustafa
So that I may live in both worlds under its protection
And We are lowered by awe to honour this sandal.
And whenever we lower before it we are raised.
So place it on the highest shelf!
For indeed in reality it is a crown, though its image is a sandal.
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