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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, attending the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York, visited the opening night of the "Aşk-ı Nebi" exhibition held at the Turkish Cultural Center in New York. Organized by the Islam Culture and Arts Platform and sponsored by Yıldız Holding and TIKA, the exhibition is also a precursor for the "Treasuries of Islam" exhibition that will be be held in 2015 in New York and Washington and that will showcase the largest collection of Islamic art works.

The calligraphy exhibition organized a part of Muhammad's 1443 birth anniversary and first held in April at the Haiga Sophia Museum, was opened with a ceremony at the Turkish Cultural Center in New York, which was also attended by President Erdoğan.

The opening ceremony of the "Aşk-ı Nebi" exhibition, organized by the Islam Culture and Arts Platform and sponsored by Yıldız Holding and TIKA, was attended by President Erdoğan, President Dervis Eroğlu of Northern Cyprus, Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç, UN Permanent Delegate Halit Çevik, New York General Consul Ertan Yalçın, IKSP Secretary General Abdülkadir Özkan and Godiva North America General Manager Burak Elmas.

Islam Culture and Arts Platform’s General Secretary stated that there were 41 pieces that narrated Muhammad (pbuh). Mr. Özkan stated that they planned to bring the exhibition to a wider, international audience: "The Islam Culture and Arts Platform wants to promote awareness regarding classical Islamic art. Our main goal is to use these projects to remind how Islam has built an elegant civilization."

Özkan further stated how they would host the largest Islamic art exhibition of the world in 2015: "We are working on a very important project. During February and March 2015, we will host the ‘Treasuries of Islam’ named largest exhibition of Islamic art in Istanbul. This unique collection, entirely composed of pieces from private collections, will initially be exhibited at Tophane-i Amire, followed by exhibitions at important art centers in New York and Washington, until the end of 2015. This project will promote both Turkey as well as Islamic classical arts."

The "Aşk-ı Nebi" exhibition will showcase the latest works of current calligraphy and ornamental artists: Sections from the Quran, hadits, hilyes, and various verses drawn in different styles (kûfi, muhakkak, reyhânî, sülüs, celî sülüs, and nesih)

Some of the works to be exhited are as follows:

Mehmet Özcay's work in the style of celî sülüs : ''Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.'' Hasan Çelebi's work in the style of celî dîvânî zerendud (Sura 286, verse): "Bizi affet! Bizi bağışla! Bize Acı!." Hüseyin Kutlu's work in the style of celî sülüs (hadtih): “Kardeşiniz zalim de mazlum da olsa ona yardım edin.” Ahmet Fares Rizq's workin the style of sülüs-nesih (hadith): "Kul kardeşine yardım ettiği müddetçe Allah da onun yardımcısıdır.” Mustafa Parıldar's work in the style of muhakkak (hadith): “Sizin en hayırlınız “Kur’an öğrenen ve öğreteninizdir.” Ali Toy's work in the style of kûfi (Enbiya surah 107, verse): "Biz seni alemlere rahmet olarak gönderdik.”

The exhibition also showcases works from various artists from around the world:
Mehmed Özcay, Hasan Çelebi, Hüseyin Kutlu, Mehmet Memiş, Tahsin Kurt, Mustafa Parıldar, Ali Toy, Ferhat Kurlu, Ömer Faruk Özoğul, B. Hilal Çizmecioğlu, Adem Sakal, Ali Rıza Özcan, Berrak Özdoğan, Abdurrahman Depeler, Fuat Başar, Yılmaz Turan, Seyit Ahmet Depeler, Adem Sakal, Turan Sevgili, Muhammed Yaman, Fatih Özkafa, Cavide Pala, Arda Çakmak, Savaş Çevik, Eyüp Kuşçu, Ahmed Fares Rızq (Egypt), Bijar El-Hac Kerim El-Erbili (Iraq), Bijar Arbilly (Iraq), Mahfuz Zunnun El-Ubeydi, Ziyad Al-Muhandis, Muhammed D. Cellul (Syria) and Ammar Maliki.

Sponsored by Ülker-Yıldız Holding and organized by TIKA, the exhibition will showcase works obtained from Albaraka Türk, Turkish Religous Foundation, Gallery Bir Imza, Meşk, Sufiyane, Fennan and various private collections.

Aşk-ı Nebi Exhibition will be open until October 22.