Silah: The Power of Connection, Charity, and Goodwill
In Ali Omar Ermes' artwork, the concept of Silah, or connection, charity, and goodwill, is explored through the inclusion of poetry from some of the greatest classical Arabic poets, including Zuhair ibn Abi Sulma, Urwah ebnul Warrd, Ali ebn Abi Talib, and Ali ebn Al Rumi. These poets wrote about the necessity of giving charity to the right causes and how this serves as one of Islam's fundamental aims in creating a kinder society.
For example, Zuhair ibn Abi Sulma wrote: "Charity is a sign of faith, and through it, one's sins are forgiven." Urwah ebnul Warrd wrote: "Charity is a virtue that cleanses the soul and brings joy to the heart." Ali ebn Abi Talib wrote: "The best charity is that given to a relative who does not ask and to a neighbor who does not bother you."
These poems, included in Ali Omar Ermes' artwork, highlight the importance of Silah, or the act of giving and connecting with others, in Islam and the positive impact it can have on both the giver and the recipient.
"The Stormy Qaff: A Tribute to Libyan Resistance Leader Omar Al-Mukhtar"
This striking artwork honors the legacy of Omar Al-Mukhtar, a Libyan resistance leader who fought against Italian conquest in the lead up to World War II. Featuring an unusual execution of the letter Qaff, which is reminiscent of the old Kufic script, the piece is framed by stormy golden strokes that give it a dynamic and powerful energy. A similar painting in this style can be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Ali Omar Ermes' "Crossfire - Leaf Four" is a stunning and thought-provoking artwork that highlights the destructive impact of humans on the environment. As part of a series of paintings exploring this theme, "Crossfire - Leaf Four" serves as a cautionary tale, reminding us of the Greek myth of King Midas, who wished for everything he touched to turn to gold, only to suffer from hunger and thirst when he could no longer eat or drink.