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…

Al Latif: The Most Subtle

Description: 8″x10″ oil & acrylic on canvas~ One of the 99 Names of the Divine One, “Al Latif: The Most Subtle” celebrates an attribute that inherently pervades the soul. This attribute finds expression through awareness of our most sublime states so it takes inner polishing for it to be fully expressed outwardly. Subtlety is the very quality…

Al Wadud: The Secret of Secrets

“He is the All-forgiving, the Most Loving One.” ~85:14 Qur’an “And I am with the ones whose heart is broken for My sake.” ~Hadith Qudsi Description: 10″x8″ oil & acrylic on canvas. I wanted to work anew on paintings that depicted the most beautiful Names of the Beloved as central themes of the pieces. Al Wadud means “The Most…

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…

The Very Self of the Self

“Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.” ~Qur’an 66:8 “We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and in their own souls, until it will become quite clear to them…

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…

The Milky Way’s Savants

Description: 30″x40″ oil & acrylic on canvas. “The Milky Way’s Savants” celebrates the manifestation of high culture on earth, how it reaches us through the birth of enlightened souls, as well as the abundance their presence brings to our lives collectively. This painting thus captures the descent of evolved spiritual culture, that is commanded by The Divine…

The First Realm

“And remember when thy Lord brought forth from Children of Adam, from their reins, their seed, and made them testify of themselves, (saying): ‘Am I not your Lord?’ They said: ‘Yea, verily. We testify…’ ” 7:172 ~Qur’an “Bow down with those who bow down” 2:44 ~Qur’an Description: 30″x40″ oil & acrylic on canvas. This painting…

Prelude to Majesty

“And the stars and the trees both prostrate themselves to Allah.” ~55:6 Qur’an Description: this 40″x30″ oil/acrylic painting is entitled “Prelude to Majesty” it was inspired by an event in the life of my great grand father who was a Sufi saint. The piece represents a visual conversation between the surrendered soul and the majesty spread out before it,…