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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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Sketchbook Sundays - identity by pinkyaliya
Sketchbook Sundays - identity
Isn't there some unwritten rule that it's better late and decent than on time and dreadful?

Watercolour+pen is awesome but watercolour+pen+embroidery is like :heart:.
I had something prepared from 2 weeks ago but I'm going to wing the description.

I read the short story by Jamaica Kincaid some time in 2013 and remember feeling how perfectly it reflected how I felt about myself.
"on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like
the slut you are so bent on becoming;
don't sing benna in Sunday school;
you mustn't speak to wharf-rat boys, not even
to give directions" - Girl by Jamaica Kincaid.

At that time I felt like I was expected to be a certain way based on my gender, my religion, my race, my ethnicity, my [parents'] culture etc. I remember despising my race and considered myself red, blue, and yellow, instead of a mixture of all three. I despised my culture and because culture was so intertwined with religion, I despised my religion. I eventually outgrew it and understood where I was wrong.

And then some time ago, those feelings resurfaced.
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Sketchbook Sundays - Balance by pinkyaliya
Sketchbook Sundays - Balance
Sundays are my Monday/Tuesdays so tant pis.

Feeling overwhelmed often means we're taking more than we should. That's why it's important to give up often. I've never heard anyone advise me to do this but it's become my motto now to fight my overly-ambitious personality. I've given up all my long-term goals and given up trying to be the best. I guess the allegory is that if a lion steps down from a mountain of books, it doesn't make him/her less of a lion. Let the Guide, guide; and let the slave fall, face first.
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