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This piece is a joint gift to the Henry-Copland Permanent Art Collection from the Parent Council, the Division of Student Affairs, and the UNC Muslim Students Association. Members of the MSA executive board selected this piece to "convey a message of respect, outreach, and hospitality" to the University and to "foster dialogue and cooperation among students of all faiths." The Arabic word As-Salaam, which means "peace," flows downward through the middle of the cloth. The word is also part of the greeting "As-Salaamu Alaikum," or "peace be upon you." The smaller text is drawn from chapter 10, verse 25 of the Qur'an, and reads "and Allah invites to the abode of peace and guides whom He pleases into the right path." Artist Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang lectures on Arabic calligraphy and is known for his skillful combination of Chinese and Arabic styles of calligraphy.