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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women

Thank you to magazine OkayAfrica for honoring me as one of the 100 most influential African women of 2017~

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Celestial Worlds Within

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~ Celestial Worlds Within ~

My precious child,
your celestial worlds within
will unleash their ineffable Beauty
once you dissolve before
the throne of the Divine~
This is the purpose
behind the greater Jihad
as transmitted by
Prophet Muhammad (saw)!
Only Love can lead you on this Path~

© 2016 Aida Toure’

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Lightful 2016

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~The First Realm~ 30″x40″ oil & acrylic on canvas

All my best wishes for the new year to all my readers~ May 2016 introduce us to even more Love, more Harmony, more Light and more Soul delight!

Thank you for your support of the Visual Sufi Poetry blog throughout the years. In 2016, I hope to share more of my creative journey in this great time of Shift and Awakening of our collective self, inshAllah~

© 2016 Aïda Touré

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Creativity & External Validation

© 2012 Aida Toure’

In materialistic cultures, creatives are conditioned to seek external validation whereas creativity is an inner endeavor, impulsed by the cosmic movements called Love~ Creativity is a grand manifestation of divine Love and Freedom, to approach it with the quest for fame in mind defeats its sacred purpose.

With creativity, one learns the cultivation of sublime intimacy as a constant state of being, there is nothing more beautiful than this as consciously, one works at being present with Love itself in a consistent way~ Once one understands this, there no longer is room for ego desires or attachments such as fortune or fame since the soul is fully fulfilled in its expansion and all that it brings. As a matter of fact, the pursuit for external validation with its restlessness tends to thwart the creative process and to taint the artist, it can be highly destructive… There is so much that comes with creativity that one must learn to be selective and understand that worldly or institutional considerations are best taken with detachment.

Eagerness for the recognition artists are conditioned to seek causes them great distress since it conflicts with the very essence of creativity which is hidden, secret, subtle, sacred, silent and of The Divine~ Creativity is indeed a perfect and powerful phenomenon that offers itself to shatter the narrowness and weight of a coarse dimension, it is in itself a triumphant experience where Light reigns, it is the ultimate form of validation from The Divine to the human soul; after IT nothing the world claims it can “offer” one even matters.

© 2012 Aïda Touré

“Run forward, the way will spring open to you
Be destroyed, you’ll be flooded with life
Humble yourself, you’ll grow greater than the world
Yourself will be revealed to you, without you.” ~Rumi

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Light Dream

3″x6″ wearable painting “Light Dream” © 2012 Aïda Touré

I am Nameless,
like the currents
that constitute your presence,
let us be the Light Dream
S/He softly blew inside us;
Love is a whisper,
the subtlest of dances~

© 2012 Aïda Touré

This wearable painting is an all hand-made cuff bracelet, it is available here.

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Nocturnal Light: Sufi Poems


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Nocturnal Light

Peace, these past few months I have received inquiries about my book of poems “Nocturnal Light” so I wanted to let everyone know its second edition is now available on amazon. “Nocturnal Light” is a collection of Sufi poems composed at nighttime, each piece transcribes the heart’s exquisite conversation with its Beloved~ I wrote and first released it years ago, it was such a profound journey that after completing it, I needed to retreat a bit from writing and it is during that hiatus that I started painting…

Since that time, I have completed more books of Sufi poetry that I will progressively release in due time, inshAllah~

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Pulse Undefined

© 2010 Aïda Touré

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.
Pulse undefined,
on a promenade outside
of the confine it used to be in,
now seeing everywhere,
infinitely open to Love,
untying the knot that slipped
in this string theory
turned to fact
as it travels at last,
weightless, toward Hu~
may its journey be smooth,
may it find all the mercy
no one could feel for it,
every breath was aching,
but no more, no more.
For the sake of the ReUnion
that completes
and that finally heals,
let it be all-embracing,
let it be whole, free,
so beautiful to the 7th sense
I shed tears in its resonance,
in its sublime company,
in its Life that is just beginning;
for the very first time,
pulse undefined~

© 2011 Aïda Touré

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