1Sahil Badruddin = "
"The famous verse of 'light' in the Qur'an, the Ayat al-Nur, whose
first line is rendered here in the mural behind me, inspires among
Muslims a reflection on the sacred, the transcendent. It hints at a
cosmos full of signs and symbols that evoke the perfection of Allah's
creation and mercy....
"Scientific pursuits, philosophic inquiry and artistic endeavour are
all seen as the response of the faithful to the recurring call of the
Qur'an to ponder the Creation as a way to understand Allah's
benevolent majesty. As Sura al-Baqara proclaims: 'Wherever you
turn, there is the face of Allah.' ...
"The Qur'an's is an inclusive vision of society that gives primacy to
nobility of conduct. It speaks of differences of language and colour
as a Divine sign of mercy and a portent for people of knowledge to
reflect upon." -His Highness the Aga Khan's 2003 Address to the International Colloquium
'Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur'an and its Creative Expressions'
organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies (London, United Kingdom)