Hâfiz Othman


Othman Ben Ali Afandi is a skilled calligrapher and Muezzin of Haseki mosque. He had born in 1642 AD. He stayed near to the scholars and religious men, most of them were mastering Arabic calligraphy. He liked the Arabic calligraphy and his relevant skills started to improve. He learned the rules and foundations of Arabic calligraphy from Shiekh Darweesh Ali, the famous Romanian writer who was old at this time, so he didn’t take care of Othman as should be. Shiekh Darweesh guided him to learn from Suyolcuzade Mustafa Eyyubi who was one of the excellent students of Shiekh Darweesh himself. Now, Othman well trained by his new teacher who granted him license in calligraphy when he was only 18 years old. He learned from other calligraphers as well till he became an exceptional calligrapher.

Othman was a sharp-witted calligrapher with clear-sightedness. He was interested in the arts of Arabic calligraphy. He was high enthusiast, patient, indulgent, persistent one. Such characteristics helped him to learn the arts and secrets of Arabic calligraphy, and master it very well.

He could be considered as an independent calligraphy school with distinguished rules in terms of Naskh script. He is the first calligrapher to write “prophet Mohamed Hilya” in Tableau form to be fixed on the walls.

Hâfiz has been assigned as a teacher for Othman Mustafa Khan who learned from him the arts of Arabic calligraphy and liked it so much.

Allah guided him to write the Holy Quran (he wrote 25 copies) in very beautiful and charming style. People liked his handwriting style and he printed the Holy Quran which he wrote. People started to connect between his name and the Holy Quran book. They called it Hafez Holy Quran book for his famousness, and for using clear letters, good formatting and nice writing.

Hâfiz Othman is one of the well-known modernizers of the Arabic calligraphy, and there were many people who learned from him the Arabic calligraphy. Nowadays, calligraphers use and apply his style. He passed away in Constantinople in 1698AH.


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