Paint brush and pen in hand,
you wander the rug of gravity,
silenced by the Speech,
heart is the only canvas
upon which reality unfolds,
the visible phase of it
is but a remnant of these
marvels the soul beholds.
See, the lover matters not,
let the veil be lifted;
it is that divine show
that all secretly want!
Whether the lover
is unknown or renown,
why does it matter?
Do not focus on the one
who is lost in sacred intoxication,
look beyond his helpless form;
seek the object of his love,
the Cause of his immersion
and move your lips like angels
do during Fajr prayer,
draw closer to the Light
of all that exists and say:
Al hamdulillah ir Rabil Alamin!
copyrights 2007 Aida Toure
There goes Azzan within! the transcendent call to prayer that urges the soul to contemplate the beauty of its Center. Thus, the lit soul turns inward and steps upon its prayer mat to meld with the delights of Salat~prayer yet this interior love ritual seems to be unending, it endures as we are awake, go to sleep, eat, interact with others or work. It’s a state of quiet Zikr~Remembrance that we can’t detach from because it becomes inherent to our breath, it carries us therefore we can’t move through the world without this inner state of luxury.
This precious calling occurs in the most silent way yet it’s the most powerful impulse that cannot be ignored or fought! When its tender Sound strikes, one just prioritizes its command and rushes as only the lover rushes to behold The Beloved’s Face. When one walks that Path, one becomes highly sensitive to Harmony and one’s existence turns to a complete spectacle of Islam~Surrender, of its pervasive grace. Such a surrendered soul mingles with the subtle universal truths which it constantly longs to express in its own unique way, its life becomes a dance blissful worlds slip through to soften mankind, to make us more loving and to uplift us.
This is why all the prophets (as) of The Divine are so dear to the heeding souls of mankind! Whether it is Adam (as), Noah (as), David (as), Solomon (as), Moses (as), Joseph (as), Jonah (as), Abraham (as) Jesus (as) or Muhammad (saw) they have shown us the Romance of Islam. Al hamdulillah.
© 2007 Aida Toure’
The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah, that which We have sent by inspiration to you and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: namely, that you should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein … ” ~ 42:13 ~Qur’an
I delight in resting my eyes upon the Holy Qur’an’s words, the beauty they give off has been my greatest inspiration in countless octaves of my existence including creativity. I can linger on the Qur’an’s words for a long time, one by one because they are like open windows to worlds of astonishing wonder. The Qur’an’s Verses propel upward, they have a way of rendering the atmosphere holy and of making you still, humble and clear inside; these divine verses are my scriptural incense. Even in just one word, through each letter’s curves, there are perfumes, signs and universes, each offering themselves to our being like Surrender itself… Prostration upon prostration ubiquitously fading to be replaced with new ones! Untold beauties unfurl in such a generous way, one knows the Mercy of Allah (swt) is the quintessence of this magnificent, vertiginous existence. Language has never been as excellent and divine as in the Holy Qur’an! Allahu Akbar.
“Say: If the whole of mankind and Jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they back up each other with help and support.”
(~17: 88 Qur’an)
“And if all the trees on the earth were pens and the sea (were ink wherewith to write), with seven seas behind it to add to its (supply), yet the Words of Allah would not be exhausted. Verily, Allah is AllMighty, AllWise.”
(~31: 27 Qur’an)
I painted “The Persecuted Widow” to protest the mistreatment of the grieving. Unfortunately this practice is rampant in many African countries: ill-intended relatives and in-laws seem to rejoice when the head of the household passes away because it’s finally the opportunity for them to not only prey upon the deceased man’s children and wife but it’s also the opportunity to scheme in order to embezzle whatever property the deceased owned. Often times the children and widows who are subjected to such oppression can end up being homeless and destitute as a result of the abuse they endure at the hands of relatives.
In order to justify their vile actions, these relatives often evoke some flimsy “tradition” as an excuse to violate the rights of the afflicted children and their mother but in truth no authentic tradition on Earth advocates to prey upon the helpless especially in times of mourning, this is the worst kind of abuse.
The creation of this painting aims at addressing a serious issue which has more so to do with heartlessness, covetousness and dishonesty. I always wanted to address this great injustice that touches too many African children when they lose their father. Working on this painting was one of the most intense experience, it brought me great hope because even though the piece depicts the pain ill-intended family members inflict upon mourning widows and orphans, it more so shows the triumph of Divine Mercy which surrounds all the evil schemes ill-intended family members cowardly direct at children and their mother during the most vulnerable moment of their life.
“O Allah! You be the witness that I consider any violation of the rights of orphan and woman as an enormity entailing serious consequences!”
~ Prophet Muhammad (saw)
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