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An Ancient Arab... by Nayzak An Ancient Arab... by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum[Peace be to you],

Alright, for a long timeI was planning to draw an Arab. I hope you like it.

:bulletblue:Muslim =/= Arab
Many non Muslims make the mistake of thinking that "all Muslims are Arab, they all speak Arabic".
Although Islam originated in the Arabian Peninsula, today only 18% of the Muslim population is from Arab ethnicity. That includes countries in both the Middle East (i.e. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine etc.) and in North Africa (i.e. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia).
Even more surprising to some people is the fact that people in those regions, people with Arab ethnicity, arenít always Muslim. So, yeah, not all Muslims are Arabs, but also not all Arabs are Muslims. In Lebanon, for example, there are important Christian communities; those are Christian Arabs, they speak Arabic, do Mass in Arabic and read the Bible in Arabic. In Morocco, there is a Jewish community; Jewish Arabs that speak fluent Arabic...

But now, let's see a little more about Arabs before the prophet Mohammed -peace and blessings be upon him-:

Arabs were the poeple living in the Arabian Peninsula. they were generally into two main groups, the Urban ones and the Bedoins (desert-dwelling Arabs). Arabs were good horsemen. they liked their horses and they were also good in swordsmanship. socially, the Arab community was divided into the rich and the poor, the masters and the slaves. sadly, in those times, the rich oppressed the poor. this period of time is called Al-Jaahiliyya, in Arabic literature. which literally means "times of ignorance".

The Bedouin life had some good traits which Islam approved of and encouraged such as generosity and kindness and supporting the needy and those in distress. There were other bad habits which Islam fought until it eliminated them, such as racism, vengeance wars between tribes and burying baby girls alive out of fear that they might bring shame to the family. (This habit was adopted only by certain Arab tribes).

:bulletblue:What about their religion?
Monotheism was introduced to the Arab region a long time prior to the coming of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. In this region, Islam was sent down through prophets of God such as Prophet Hud* -peace be upon him-, in the south Eastern region of the Arabian Peninsula. and Prophet Saaleh -peace be upon him-, in the North West of the Peninsula. The Arabs also knew about monotheism through the message of Prophet Isma'el son of Abraham -peace be upon them-. Yet, as years passed, they forgot these Messages and converted to idolatry; as they had many idols such as Hubal, Al-Laat and Al-`Uzzaa.
But there were some Arabs who totally refused idolatry and they were called -Hunafaa'- [believing in one God]. Mohammed -peace be upon him- was one of them before he started his duty as a prophet of God.

Judaism and Christianity were also present in the Arab region. Christianity was dominant in Najran which was a part of Yemen. Judaism, on the other hand, prevailed in some parts in northern Hijaz.

Idolatry dominated Arabia until the coming of the last prophet of Islam, Mohammed, who restored the religion of God and the faith of Abraham -peace and blessings be upon them- he fought against the corrupted social and religious system. Many oppressed people saw in Islam their salvation and the end of their misery so they followed it...

:bulletblue:The Arabs' Cultural life:
The pre-Islamic Arabs were mostly illiterate with few exceptions. Despite this, they had a fair portion of knowledge and they had contact with the outside world through their commercial journeys. They acquired a lot of information from experience and necessity such as astronomical and geographical information. They came to know such facts because of their frequent travel, relocation, and the need to know the seasons of rainfall and the direction of the winds.

The Arabs excelled others in genealogy because of their pride in being traced to their tribes. They paid much attention to this science to the extent that they were interested to know the genealogy of horses in addition to knowing the genealogy of people! :omg: imagine an Arab telling you the genealogy up to the great great great great great great grandfather of his horse! :rofl:

In the cultural field, the Arabs were excellent in rhetoric and eloquence. The Arab was, by nature, skillful in rhetoric and, by instinct, eloquent. They were also well-versed in poetry as it constituted the biography of their lives. They had hundreds of poets.

Besides poetry, the Arabs were also well-versed in oration. They used to hold literary seminars which were similar to present day literary competitions. One of the most famous seminars was `Ukaath where arbitration committees were held to issue their judgments on poets and orators. The winning poem or religious speech would be reiterated by people who would then memorize it and praise the poet or orator. Magnificent poems were hung in the Ka'bah (in Mekkah) and these were known as Mu'allaqaat (The Hung Poems) such as the poem of Imru'ul-Qays and that of Zuhayr Ibn Abi-Salmaa.

I hope that was beneficial for you all.
Til next time, in sha'Allah.

Wassalaamu alaikum

old paper stock by ~ofruin-stock

* the stories of prophets Hud and Saaleh -peace be upon them- are mentioned in the holy Qur'an.
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NajmGamer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice pic friend :D  
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Imaginary-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Not only is this art beautiful, but the information in the artist comment is great! Thank you so much for sharing~ :heart:
nemuasakura Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
kawaii i like that ^^ thanks
ShadowKitty441 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Very good details and quite a handsome man yes? ^^
abu-lihya Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this remind anyone of the aranim comics.
(the ones with the wars... and Jordans role in theme....ok then)
EikraemFerwouche Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen such a well done 'anime' depiction of an Arab. Good job bro!
pinkeycraft Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist
i like this peace of art !
btw where are you from ??
PokeFreak-Kiko Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Kiko: Not only Morocco is an example. There are also jews speaking arabic on the island Djerba (Tunisia). On this same island stays the ancient synagogue 'El Ghriba'.
Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
interesting. thanks for the information.
PokeFreak-Kiko Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Kiko: I have to thank you for sharing your knowledge. :)
Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
you're welcome
MahaLvonEbnor Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing!
tarajadestone Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I just love this deviation. :) You have such wonderful works, brother! 
ThatweirdguyJosh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Digital Artist
while not being muslim, i am fascinated with arab and other west asian cultures. such classy people
MrEpicJustice Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Can't help but think this guy would be 20% cooler if he had a Saracean armor on :D

I'll just leave this here then.
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and informative!
Jysero Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
wow! Amazing art AND I get to learn more about the Arab history. I'm an Arab (Lebanese) and I've always wanted to learn more about ancient middle east!
batmobil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
RGBO Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hahahah, I am an Arab and my ancestors were not Muslims
but when Islam came they converted to Islam... quickly
and they helped Prophet Muhammad. :D
MohamedNemo13 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
:D (Big Grin) اهلاً بيك أنا محمد من مصر 
draumstafur Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This was very informative, not to mention accompanied by a beautiful drawing and beautiful text!
Hellwa! <3
SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist
yay finally someone knows about Arabic history!!!
SisterCharity Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
very beautiful drawing !! congrats
Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
What about the architecture?

Were they all nomads or staying in small settlements?
Did they have big, elaborated palaces like those often portrayed in fictional works?
SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist
big elaborated palaces would be under huge Islamic Arab empires
you can go to Spain or Italy (southern area) and see the influence of the Arabs there
Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I know that, but that's not what I was looking for.
I was asking about the pre-Islamic Arabic cultures.
SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist
ah pre-Islamic culture...i don't think i know any....i know Egypt, Sudan and the Berber countries culture before the Arabs came.
anthropomorphiccanin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hotwar696 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Although Islam originated in the Arabian Peninsula,

So muslims believe that Adam was a Arab?
lamad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Islam hints that Adam was of African descent, and Eve was Southeast Asian. That's how the races became so diverse.
SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist
mmm maybe, maybe not
but i'm sure when you mean Islam originated in the Arabian Peninsula you mean the messages of the Prophet Muhammad started in the Arabian Peninsula, as for the Prophet Adam i hear alot of stuff about him
hotwar696 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Actually I found out myself that muslims believe that Adam and Eve wear both from saudi or atleast lived their since the stone that is now in mecca landed in front of their feets to pin point were to start worshipping according to Islamic believes.
mmomo10 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From what i know is that prophet Adam and Eve was originally from heaven and was created from the soil of the earth but because Prophet Adam and Eve ate the forbidden apple they were thrown out of heaven and landed on earth. Although they were thrown out of heaven they were separated for a very long time and in that time they have repented and ask for forgiveness and Allah SWT finally forgave and reunite them.And i guess where they met is the origin of the arab community.Also the other early people maybe the is the decendent of Prophet Adam and Eve.
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   General Artist
Fantastic job on the outfit.
dandandanao Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artist
You're right..

And you're work is amazing!!
Guyverman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Typo in the second major paragraph.
pakhnokh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
ey44 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
usman bin zaid
absdostan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Cool, bot you don`t think People of Iran are Muslim ?!
Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Iran is a Muslim Country
Sinior90 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful Drawing.. i like this ..:nod: :thanks: :aww:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....just wow.
Kamadoka13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woaa awesome detail :iconilikeitplz:
Majeed-Q8 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the color toon in this pic :)
Serena1000 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Pretty cool! :D
Jade-Hernandez Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
*my eyes, Im in love! Allah! I love arab men! I hope to marry one XD
IsakiYukihara Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
how beautyful *-* :love:
AlexandrianBreeze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wa Alaykum Es Salam. This is very charming, I love the neutrals you used, and the linework is just gorgeous!
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