Friday, 27 December 2013

Hayakil (pentagrammic talismans)


The following are computer generated hayākil (pentagrammic talismans), in the tradition of Bābī pentagrams, created by me from an existing Power Point template and using an Msword Iranian nastaʿlīq font.

The first below is the Surah of Power (97) of the Qur'ān within each of whose inner six houses are written the names of the Archangels of Proximity (malā’ikat’ul-muqarribūn) : Mikā'īl, Isrā'fīl, ʿIzrā'īl, Jibrā'il, ʿAnyā'īl and Ruqīyā'īl.

The second haykal is of al-fātiha (the opening chapter of the Qur'ān) written once horizontally and then the Throne Verse (Qur'ān 2:255) written out for the remainder of the pentagram’s perspectives with the names of God and the five Companions of the Cloak (i.e. Muḥammad, ʿAlī, Fāṭima, Ḥasan and Ḥusayn) written out in the center of each inner house. 

The third is Surat’ul-Ikhlāṣ (Qur’ān 112) formed into a pentagram with the six divine names, according to some texts, denoting the attributes of the Essence written inside the center of each of the six houses: i.e. fard (single), ḥayy (alive), qayyūm (peerless/self-subsistent), ḥakam (judge), ʿadl (just) and quddūs (holy).

The fourth haykal here is made from the Light Verse of the Qur’ān (35:24). It is like the second one above except that the name of Fāṭima is now in the center house, Allah is at the top, while the names of Muḥammad and ʿAlī are placed on the top right and top left.

Finally, we have a haykal made from the 19 aqlām (magical cipher letters) -- precisely the same ones, and in the same order, included in several well known Bābī talismans -- in the central houses of which occur each of the six sigils of the calligram of the Greatest Name (ism al-aʿẓam), which is also known as the Seals of Solomon (khitam al-sulaymān) or the Dignity of the Sun (sharaf al-shams).

See also 1001 Hayākil by Ṣubḥ-i-Azal (in the hand of Mīrzā Muḥammad Taqī Isfahānī) on