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He (swt) is Beauty, He loves beauty and He only creates beauty. If you see beauty, capture it... don't let it get away.

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Peace and hellos :]

To remove materialism
To forget and withdraw
To simply be satisfied
To never stop trying
To show those who matter
That I can start and finish this
In His Name.
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إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
"Allah loves the Muhsineen" [2:195]

This may not hit many as much as it continues to hit me every day. However, I made it a year goal this past Muharram to discover the meaning of "Ihsaan" and every clue gets me closer to understanding it. This struggle to understand three letters has become the definition of my artwork this year and I think this is important to share.

ن س ح ha seen noon. The root word of Ihsaan means beauty/perfection/excellence/good. This root word, and alternatives of it make up many other words/names/titles such as,

Hassan - means beauty
Husain - means beauty
Muhsin - means striver of beauty
Umm Kulthum - means mother of beauty
Zainul Abideen - means beauty of the worshippers
Qamar bani hashim - means beauty/full face of the hashimites.

So if these personalities encompass "beauty", it makes Imam Ali the father of beauty, the father of the mother of beauty, the father of the beauty of the Hashimites, the father of the striver of beauty, the grandfather of the beauty of worshippers and it could go on. I mean, we're talking about Ameerul Mu'mineen, Asadullah, Abu Turab, Ali.

But "Zaynab"... This name means the "beauty of her father" only signifying that the two Zaynabs, daughters of Ali, are the beauty of Imam Ali. This is no interpretation of mine that the children of Ali and Fatimah are examples for us to become beautiful as well. We have hadith that the Prophet received revelations from Allah for the names of Hassan, Husain, and Zaynab.

The Ahlul Bayt are beauty upon beauty, huh? And even more beautiful are the women of the Ahlul Bayt, as ultimately the peak of beauty lies with Zahra (sa). She is Umme Abiha, the mother of her father Muhammad al-Mustafa (s) and Muhammad is the best of creation.

Ultimately, the owner of Beauty is Allah swt who is Beauty and loves beauty.

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SpeAk 2 by pinkyaliya
SpeAk 2
Oh hey - I worked on it some more. Drilled holes in the plate, aquatint, fixed up my installation (not pictured here), blue paper and white ink next. Loads to explain but I need to sleep for a month now, please.
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Khadija al Kubra by pinkyaliya
Khadija al Kubra
Don't know if I like the colours. Just a meaningless scatter of colours with some calligraphy painted on it :/ Need to get myself back in the "painting zone" so I can start on the series for this year. (Hint:  this year, the word is tawbah).

If this lady didn't live and die the way she did, I am confident that I'd have nothing. Just the knowledge of her existence gives me love and confidence. 
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Sketchbook Sundays - Slopes by pinkyaliya
Sketchbook Sundays - Slopes
Is it considered cheating if I just use my homework? Sketches of a site I'm writing my research on - Villa d'Este, Tivoli. Researching the theatricality, contextualization and isolation, and element of surprise that the slopes of the topography provide the landscape design.

It's been 2 months! This is the last week of Sketchbook Sundays.
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