"Let Me Show You Beautiful Things"
Watercolor, Spray Paint & Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48 inches
Part of the "Let Me Show You Beautiful Things" painting series, this painting highlights Verse 24 from Chapter 59 of the Holy Qu’ran, Surat Al-Hashr (The Exile), “He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” There is nothing more beautiful and more praiseworthy than the attributes, or 99 names of God, Asma Ul’Husna. In the center of the painting is written one of God’s names, Al-Musawwir in Arabic, meaning the “shaper of beauty,” or “the fashioner.”
The series, “Let Me Show You Beautiful Things” includes seven abstract paintings that blend an array of colors, three different paint mediums, and Arabic & English text to convey messages of the call for beauty as expressed in the Islamic faith. When we do what is beautiful, it is a gain to our own souls to conform to our own deepest nature. As it states in the Holy Qu’ran (17:7), “If you do what is beautiful, you do what is beautiful to your own souls, and if you do what is ugly, it is to them likewise.” God made all things beautiful, and this, precisely, is the source of inspiration from which the painting series arises.