Among His greatest gifts bestowed upon us are the seven verses of Surah Fatiha (The Opening) and the creation of the seven Heavens. This piece is structured to have Surah Fatiha along the periphery and the seven layers of Heaven enclosed within.
"If Allah wills. And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, 'Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.' And they stayed in their cave three hundred years. Nine more." Surah Al-Kahf [18:24 - 18:25]
Nothing can shake taqwa (God-consciousness) out of the heart of a believer. The marbleized effect signifies the calamities we face, with a heart that perseveres at the core of it.
"Alghafraan (Forgiveness)": beauty rests in the heart in which forgiveness subsists.
16" x 20"
"99 Names" with the 99 names of Allah, along with the classic black & gold colors themed around the House of Allah, the Ka'aba.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was once asked: “What aspect of Islam is among the best?” He replied, “Giving food (to the needy) and saying salaam to whom you know and whom you know not.” (Sahih Muslim)
As-salaamu-alaykum (May peace be upon you)
16" x 20"
The last chapter of the Quran, Surah An-Naas (The Mankind) consists of six verses of protection against evil under the shade and mercy of Al-Muhaymin (The Guardian). These six verses are written along the periphery of a six-fold Islamic geomteric pattern, on this piece titled Himayaa (Protection)
"Rahma" (Mercy) is inspired by the blessings during the time at which rain falls-- just as its water gives life to land, supplication at this time gives life to a heart.
12" x 16"
"Ya Rabb" (Oh Lord), a cry for help for the tears and bloodshed across the world.
Ya Rabb (Oh Lord)
12" x 12"
"Do they not see the birds above them, spreading their wings and folding them in?"
The background has been texturized to give the piece more depth. Vibrant colors were used reminiscing a sunset sky that also place emphasis on the calligraphy and silhouette of the bird.
"Bahr" (Sea) was inspired by the Light (An-Nur) that guides us, which does not rest on the surface, but in the depths of the sea (bahr). One has to reach out and search the rough waters, from where He guides whom He wills.
"Or [they are] like darkness within an unfathomable sea which is covered by waves, upon which are waves, over which are clouds - darknesses, some of them upon others. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. And he to whom Allah has not granted light - for him there is no light." Surat An-Nur [24:40]
A rendition of the hadith below, with "SubhanAllah", "Allhamdulillah", and "Allahukbar" written 33 times each, along with the dua'a encircling Allah in the center.
“Whoever glorifies Allah (says SubhanAllah) thirty-three times immediately after each prayer, and praises Allah (says Alhamdulillah) thirty-three times, and magnifies Allah (says Allahu akbar) thirty-three times, this makes ninety-nine, then to complete one hundred says Laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allah Alone, with no partner, His is the power and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things) – his sins will be forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” [Sahih Muslim]
Beauty and hayaa (modesty) lives in the heart of a believer.
36" x 18"
"So verily with every difficulty there is relief. Verily with every difficulty there is relief." [94:5-6]
This piece "Quwah" (Strength) reflects the continuity and flow between ease and hardship. The first verse is written in gold, with the second verse overlapped in green.
Single stroke calligraphy of "Allah"
12" x 12"
Verse of the Throne
This piece, "Verse of the Throne" is attributed to the Divine One, for He is the Most High, the Supreme in glory.
The greatest verse in the Quran -- Ayat Al-Kursi, praising His Divine Oneness (Wahdaniyyah), His Life (Hayah), His Knowledge (Ilm), His Kingdom (Mulk), His Divine Power (Qudrah) and His Will (Iradah).
"And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you love and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought." [30:21]
The first twenty-one verses of Surah Ar-Rum written on this rendition of my original piece, Circle of Life, honoring the beauty of marriage and companionship and the blessing of sakoon (tranquility) in life.