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    Section from the curtain for the external wall of the Prophet’s tomb on Collections Sphere from Khalili Collections

    The inscriptions consist of the shahadah, and the names of God and Muhammad in alternate wide bands. The four narrower bands bear surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII), part of verse 40; surah al-Tawbah (IX), part of verse 33; surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII), verse 56; and a prayer, ‘And may God be pleased with Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali, and all of the Companions’. Textiles of similar palette and pattern are often depicted in paintings of the Prophet’s mosque.

    Section from the curtain for the external wall of the Prophet’s tomb