Sana Naveed Mirza is an artist residing in the Unites States and has been exploring and practicing Islamic Art since the age of 14, after being guided to it by world-renowned scholar and saint, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani. Her work can best be described as a mesh of traditional Arabic calligraphy and bold, yet detailed, illumination with a hint of contemporary trends; the formations are designed as unique compositions ingrained with profound Sufi spiritual insights.
Sana’s work has been featured in The Islamic Arts Magazine, the online International Museum of Women, and Azizah Magazine, with the most recent exhibition at the ‘Sacred Voices’ exhibit at the Canton (Ohio) Museum of Art.
Frequently, Sana follows the traditional practice of transforming Arabic letters into natural shapes like those of birds, flowers, ships, and even whirling dervishes; she incorporates geometry as well as Abjad, the Islamic science of numerology. She also combines the verses of the Holy Quran and Hadith in such ways that form a powerful dynamic. In 2013, she completed an enormous, 90-foot calligraphy composition around the interior of the main dome of Houston’s Masjid Al-Noor. Titles of Sana’s work include (to name a few): ‘The Dove of Remembrance’, ‘The Holy Green Bird’, ‘The Platonic Fruit of Life’, ‘The Sword of Alif’, and ‘The Universe of Knowledge’.
Sana has also worked extensively with her graphic artist sister in designing numerous book and CD covers relating to Islamic knowledge, spirituality, and traditional Islamic music. Titles such as ‘The Seeker of the Path’, ‘My Beloved’ by Ali Elsayed, ‘Flowers of the Heart’ by Ustad Nizami, ‘The Burdah Ensemble’ and, most recently, the ISCA-published ‘The Peacemakers’ represent some examples.
Her newest work is a meditation on the relationship between God Almighty the Creator and the Holy Prophet, who essentially connects us to all goodness and leads us to the Creator Himself. Sana hopes her art formations, best known as ‘Muhammadan Art’, pay tribute to the holy persona of Prophet Mohammad (saw) and spark love and honor in the hearts of the onlooker.
You can find her work at MuhammadanArt.com.