This Chinese Muslim Convert Sells Islamic Art As A Way To Introduce Others To Islam


Farah Fazanna •  Sep 27, 2023

At the young age of 24, while studying at NTU, Chinese Muslim convert Ibrahim Low embarked on an exciting adventure - Rawha Collections. This online store is a treasure trove of elegant Islamic art frames that serve as heartwarming reminders of faith and devotion. Let's dive into Ibrahim's journey, the inspiration behind Rawha Collections, its meaningful purpose, the hurdles he'd overcome, and the future that's set to make a big splash!

Starting Rawha Collections: A Faith-Fueled Adventure

Discovering a Divine Path

Ibrahim's entrepreneurial journey kicked off after an eye-opening 3-hour YouTube seminar by SeekersGuidance. This transformed his view of business, thanks to a profound hadith emphasising honesty in trade. It was like a light bulb moment that sparked his path towards entrepreneurship.

"What struck me the hardest was a hadith, where our Prophet (saw) said:

The truthful, trustworthy tradesman will be with the prophets, truthful and martyrs on the Day of Judgement.


It opened my eyes to another avenue of seeking Allah’s pleasure and I realised that I was letting one path to Allah go unexplored," said Ibrahim during an interview with HHWT.

Choosing Freedom Over Unfavourable Jobs

Ibrahim learned that entrepreneurship could liberate him from unfavourable employment conditions. This realisation fired up his determination to create a halal income while amassing rewards for the Hereafter. "I realised I wanted to do my best to avoid being in a position where I’m dependent on a job with a bad boss," he said.

Why Islamic Art Frames?

Ibrahim's passion for Islamic art, ignited by his non-Muslim mother's admiration, is a testament to the power of beauty. "To hear my mother constantly compliment art in Islam triggers a sense of hope that perhaps this could be a door opening her to the faith," he said, adding that it's a gateway to introducing others to Islam. The exquisite art radiates the splendour of the faith, making it more accessible and captivating.

The Purpose of Rawha Collections: A Source of Blissful Remembrance

Rawha Collections lives by the Quranic verse:

"Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest" (Surah Ar-Ra'd 13:28).

Their mission is to help people remember Allah and His beloved Prophet throughout the day with their beautiful creations. "As Muslims, I feel that it is significant for us to embody beauty and we definitely don’t do that enough. As a community, we oftentimes view religion to be dull and boring. However, it is far from it. Religion is beautiful. Beauty softens hearts. It makes one more open to life and hence easier to embody gratitude in the little things," said Ibrahim.

Excitement and Challenges in Entrepreneurship

Ibrahim's infectious excitement for Rawha Collections is about spreading the faith through art. It's a journey that brings people closer to their faith, and that's something to be thrilled about! "With a piece of Rawha, our hope is that you will be able to easily remember Allah S.W.T. and His beloved ﷺ through its beautiful reminders throughout the day with each glimpse you take, insha'Allah," said Ibrahim.

"Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest"

[Surah Ar-Ra'd 13:28]

"So remember Me; I will remember you"

[Surah Al-Baqara 2:152]

Dealing with suppliers who sometimes fell short of quality standards was a challenge. So was the adventure of building a website from scratch. Plus, finding the perfect price point was a puzzle that took some time to solve. "I take pride in our offerings and wouldn’t want to sell anything that is not of good quality," said Ibrahim.

Balancing Entrepreneurship, Education, and Family with a Smile

Ibrahim's secret to juggling it all? Du'a (prayer) and remembering Allah. He's all about using time wisely and cutting out time-wasters. Those small pockets of time can add up to something magnificent!

His wife, a full-time partner in this amazing venture, brings an extra dose of support. Together, they use super-organised tools like todoist and alarms to keep life running smoothly.

"Taking breaks is important too and would help in overall productivity. Doing Dhikr and reading the Quran should be prioritised and these can be easily implemented during said breaks," shared Ibrahim.

The Future of Rawha Collections: Pursuing Freedom and Faith

In the next 5-10 years, Ibrahim envisions Rawha Collections providing for their family on their own terms. "We are fuelled by the passion to have the freedom to pursue the Hereafter in all of its forms - whether through seeking knowledge or avoiding sins which come about when you’re forced to be in an environment that you don’t want to be in due to workplace obligations. We are blessed that through Rawha Collections, we are able to arrange time in our day around Islamic obligations rather than the opposite," said Ibrahim.

Hold on to your hats because Rawha Collections is just the beginning! Ibrahim's planning more ventures like Rawha Books and Rawha Junior, all packed with blessings for this world and the Hereafter.

Check out Rawha Collections on their website and Instagram!

Ibrahim Low's entrepreneurial journey with Rawha Collections is a heartwarming tale of faith and art coming together in a joyful embrace. Through breathtaking Islamic art frames, he's on a mission to help people remember Allah and His teachings with a smile. With a supportive family and an enchanting vision for the future, Rawha Collections is set to sprinkle happiness in the lives of all who cherish faith and beauty.