Al Wadud: the Secret of Secrets

Al Wadud the Secret of Secrets. 8"x10" oil & acrylic on canvas

Al Wadud the Secret of Secrets. 8″x10″ oil & acrylic on canvas

Speaking of Love, I released my new small painting entitled Al Wadud: the Secret of Secrets. Al Wadud, meaning The Most Affectionate, is one of the beautiful names of the Beloved. In order to celebrate the Divine’s Attributes we have yet to fully manifest in our dimension, I’m in the process of making more small paintings with the divine names as sole subjects of the piece. You may read more about this new 8″x10″ oil & acrylic painting here… if interested in acquiring it, please fill out this form to contact me.

~ Al Wadud: The Secret of Secrets ~

‘…In a natural move
of collapse into Your Grace,

all atoms bow to You’
the cosmic pulse says,
our letting go of self
to become immersed in You
is the soul’s intimate Way.’

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Escape the Ego’s Clutch


Photo by Andrew Hefter

~ Escape the Ego’s Clutch ~

All the cells in your being
are billions of open doors
to the Divine One,
the truest Freedom
awaits you from inside~
Come to this sweet Surrender,
escape the ego’s clutch,
come kiss the ground
like the Sajideen,
the prostrated ones;
come dear, shiver in ecstasy,
you are love made of Love
the sole Reality~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Art in Embassies Catalog: Libreville~

catalog7I just received catalog copies of the US Embassy permanent exhibit in Gabon~ Two of my paintings “Sama” and “The Prostrated” are part of the collection. Thank you to Art in Embassies.



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Every Little Heaven


~ Every Little Heaven ~

I get lost in
every little heaven
that escapes on earth
whenever you say my name,
I’m summoned to return
to Love over and over~

© 2015 Aïda Touré


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Inward Fragrance


~ Inward Fragrance ~

Have you let some of your inward
fragrance escape today?
When will you free yourself
of your self?
The greatest love
of your life is
right at the corner
of your letting go
of your ego. Be bold!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Protected: Turn the Love Switch On

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~ Awliya ~

soul pulled to the Light,
their desires crawling
at the prophets’ feet,
they kiss their footprints,
ego subdued and tamed
by the torrents of Love;
torn open and elated,
in tune with the Qur’an,
they long for the divine gaze
upon their cloaked selves~
Their poverty has brought them
authentic wealth,
soul-breath echoing Hu,
they now disappear at will,
riding the sonar tides of Bliss
flowing and ebbing within~
The light caresses their cheeks
with its pre-cosmic Music
and they sob for days!
Only true lovers know
the meaning of what
was just said!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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