Now when you combine arts and Islam, there’s always rules. And with anything to do with Islam, there’s rules. Here are a few rules I followed in making my dioramas.
1. Keep it as simple as possible.
The Holy Quran is meant as a book of lessons and morals, not a book of stories. So no extensive dioramas. Besides, it’s cheaper …
2. Keep it clean.
Cleanliness is half of faith. I find that the Holy Quran, even when dealing with some mature subjects, has dealt with them cleanly and sensitively. It’s perfectly child friendly, and given that kids as young as 6 memorize the whole of the Noble Recitation, I strove to keep my art clean as well.
3. No portrayal of the Prophets of God. Or of Allah.
Yes, this makes some models slightly harder, but that also makes it more fun!
4. Keep it contemporary.
Although the verses may be talking of some past event, where possible and applicable, I have tried to use contemporary settings.