Prophet Muhammed's (pbuh) life and his teachings have been extensively documented in a comprehensive selection of literature that has been passed down from generation to generation.

The biographical writings and historical sources that narrate his life, his deeds, and his teachings are diverse and plentiful.

Visually rich works that depicts his appearance and physical qualities by combining literature and calligraphic gilding are referred to as hilyes.

Hilyes are works of art that are helpful in visualizing Muhammad (pbuh) by using the narrative of his associates. The visual representation of Muhammad (pbuh) has never been approved, as it was feared it would run against the basic tenets of the Muslim faith. Instead, it was preferred to portrait him using words from followers who actually had the chance to see him in person. As a result, hilyes have been a rich firsthand source of information regarding his physical appearance as well as his guiding principles.

Understanding a work of art is not just possible by comprehending the artist and his/her frame of mind, it is also necessary the grasp the underlying idea and the whole frame it is positioned in. This makes it necessary that such works are re-interpreted. Since works documenting his life are not necessary anymore. What is needed are works that detail his values and ideas.

“Lisân-ı Hat İle Aşk-ı Nebî” exhibition is composed of various hilyes that narrate his physical appearance as well as his spiritual side, giving a multifaceted insight into his life.