A student of Muhammad Vasfi and Muhammad Rashid Ayyubi, Mustafa al-Hilmi was a calligrapher in Ottoman Turkey during the second half of the nineteenth century. A Qur'an copied by him and dated 1285 AH/1868 AD was sold at Christie's London, 20 October 2016, lot 184.
In overall good condition, minor losses and smudges to the border, minor holes, the frames with chips, the calligraphy bold, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."