﴿ اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِنْ شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ ﴾
Since we moved into our new house, we’ve been looking for a phrase of Quran to put in our house for blessing and protection but nothing is very pretty here. In Amman many merchants bring seasonal art in Ramadan for example that are quite beautiful. In my last visit home I actually brought two works but when we reached home we discovered that both pieces were broken beyond repair in the airplane luggage.
We wanted something but everything we saw was a cliché or brown and depressing. To me God’s words are beautiful, and should be colorful and happy, after all he created this world with so much colors. So I looked for a calligraphy of a phrase in Quran that says: “Allah is the light of heaven and earth” and I started working on it.
I was a bit worried about working with acrylic since the last time I worked with it was in art school but I enjoyed the process so much and even the mistakes were starting to look intentional. I wanted to ornament it more but suddenly I was terrified that the last layer of orange was too much. In the morning when I looked at it I found myself smiling.
Hamad thinks it needs more work; I might apply another coat but I feel it doesn’t need anything more. I wanted a vibrant piece to hang on the wall and I guess I delivered but now I’m obsessed with the feeling. I bought more canvas and paint. I plan on working on more typography pieces.
What do you think? I’m not a professional artist but I think it’s beautiful.