A Syrian Arabic Calligraphist

“Uthman Abduh Hussein Taha Al-Halaby”

Leader of all Arabic Calligraphers

Born in San’dy Village, Aleppo (Halab) – Syria

Full name: Uthman ibn Abduh ibn Husayn ibn Taha Alkurdi. Born in 1934 in a rural area of AleppoSyria.

Hussein Taha is an Arab calligrapher renowned for hand-writing Mus’haf al-Madinah issued by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an.

He is the one who brought in an idea that each Qur’anic page should end with the end of the verse. He spent all effort to implement this extraordinary idea throughout his life.

Before Uthman Taha, all the Qur’anic pages were not that way as you can see in some of the Qur’an copies. Each page was turned to continue the verse to the next page.

He was honored with writing the Qur’an of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah which is published by the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Qur’an in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the International Jury Committee for The Arabic Calligraphy Contest organized by the Muslim World League.

He wrote the first Qur’an in 1970 for the Ministry of Religious Endowments in Syria.

In 1988, he traveled to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was assigned as the Calligrapher in the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Quran in Madinah, and the Hand-writer of the Madinah Qur’an. In the same year, he was appointed as a member of the International Jury for The Arabic Calligraphy Award which is held in Istanbul once every three years.

This calligraphic legend, Uthman Taha, designed his inscription so that every part (Juz) of the Holy Qur’an is in 20 pages. He added two pages at the beginning of the Qur’an to beautify Surat Al Fatihah and the first verses of Surat Al Baaqarah (as you can see it in your hands), this makes the total number of pages of the Qur’an, 604.

During 18 years of his life at the King Fahd Complex, Uthman has hand-written four Masahif. More than 200 million copies of which were distributed worldwide. Over thirty years, he has written 10 Masahif. A Mus’haf usually requires more than 3 years in writing and an additional year for proof-reading and reviewing.

His beautiful, clear, easy-to-read style used in the Madina Mushaf is also used in Mus’haf al-Tajweed.