The letter Lamm, solid and dominant against the elements – though they look attractive – but the situation is full of challenges in various areas and in different conditions.
The poem is from the well-known reference source Bahjat Al Majalis by the eminent jurisprudent and literature scientist, Ebni Abdel Birr Al Qurtobi (The 4th Hijriya which is the 10th Century).
Say: The man of dignity (or woman) is not the one who wastes their time worrying about what happened to them, worrying about satisfying their whims (greed in all matters).
But the one who is always worrying about how to be useful and beneficial to humanity, either to help the needy, save the endangered or combat the aggressor and the unjust.
Original production date: 2003
Artwork Size 123cm x 112cm
Materials: Acrylic and ink on paper
Location of Original: Japan Bank for International Cooperation
The artwork contains poems about the environment and the human responsibility of keeping it intact, and all that are treasures given by God, the Sustainer of all things, for the benefit of all.
The inscription from a poem by the eminent pre-Islamic nobleman and intellectual, Sala’a ibn Amr, comments on the essential requirements for building a sound society.
He likens the building of an equitable order to the building of a house—neither can succeed without foundations or the right materials. He lays emphasis on the need for consultation and dialogue in a society without which, he warns, evil forces become predominant.
The “positive no” implies standing firm against all sorts of injustice untruths, as in ‘There is no God except Allah’.
The inscription from Sharif Al Reda extols the virtues of the man who, while being forgiving in nature, remains steadfast in his high moral principles and thus becomes a subject of envy.