Kawthar: Princess of Mali

“Women are not created weaker but more generous than men. They are created more beautiful and less fierce, as beauty hates to hurt and harm others. That is why they seem weak to people, but in reality they are not. Angels are the strongest of created beings, and women are closer to the angelic nature…

Aïda Touré exhibit Luminous Dark Matter: 8-28 February 2015

Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter February 8th – February 28th 2015 In celebration of Black History Month, Rio II Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit “Luminous Dark Matter” by Gabonese Malian artist Aïda Touré. This will be her second New York solo show (curated by Jose Reyes) since her exhibit “Inner Treasures” at Rio…

Salsabil

“… A fountain there, called Salsabil.” ~Qur’an 76:18 “And a dervish is he who is indifferent to everything besides God.” ~Abd Al Qadir Al Jilani (ra) Description: 40″x30″ oil and acrylic on canvas. This painting “Salsabil” is the seventh one of the series “Luminous Dark Matter”, I worked on it for 18 months, it was a…

Sabia the Arabian Mystic

Zaid ibn Aslam related that the prophet (pbuh) saw a vision and told his companions about it. The Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) said, (in a dream): “I saw myself following a herd of black sheep. Then a group of white sheep came (and mixed with the black sheep) until they (the white sheep) became so many…