Contemporary Islamic Art

Words on "Sidrat-al-Muntaha"

Sidrat-al-Muntaha/The Lotus of The Limit” is going to be my “last” new painting for a little while inshAllah… Working on it has been a profound journey for me; even after it was completed it continued to pull me in… The title of the piece is self-explanatory, it invokes the sacred celestial Tree, the point beyond which no one passes but the beloved (as) of The Divine… therefore I don’t have much to say about the painting itself… I think I’ll leave it to silence … and love.

Contemporary Islamic Art · Sufi Poetry · Visual Arts

Sidrat-al-Muntaha: Lotus of The Limit

Everywhere I look
it circles and circles!
My heart curves

to the calligraphy
of your Love.
Muted by Sound

and shapelessness,
ego falls off itself
and bows with joy,

all of being now
surrendered as if the letters
printed of the Scriptures.

Each page, an immaculate cloak
around the gentle soul
who whirls to the tone

of the Return.
Bewildered by the Book
of the Universe,

your inner being leaps
from worlds to worlds
wild yet wise, it reads Nature

Jesus (as) appears upon the Word
Moses (as) nearby
and Muhammad (saw) passes

the Lotus of the Limit
to unite with the Light
that made him.

There is some universal prayer
which the prophets (as) lead,
all in unity; lo! Sura Al Kahf

strolls by the eye
and right then Aida’s
brush dries out!

copyrights 2007 Aida Toure

Sufi Poetry

Deep Waters (the poem)

Sometimes my paint brushes
play hide and seek as if stars,
they vanish and reappear!

“It can’t get better than this”
I smile at the playful moves
because I often get lost too!

A revolving canvas, beads on
the floor, senses crazed, tides
animate our inner undulating seas.

Sometimes I no longer know
where is center, left nor right,
what is black or white

no more notion of peace or war,
just us learning how to swim
the deep waters of Longing.

copyrights 2006 Aida Toure