Gates of Jannah
The inspiration behind these two paintings makes it the perfect duo to commemorate the journey of Umrah and Hajj.
Ayat ul Kursi, Surah Fatiha, Surah Ikhlas & Durood-e-Ibrahim
Set of two prints of an Islamic painting by Saleha
The Story: Raining Mercy
This painting symbolizes the mercy that is showered on us when we visit the Holy Kaaba. The gold and silver symbolize the powerful Ayat ul Kursi which has said to be from the thresholds of Allah's throne.
Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, "I have been given Ayat ul Kursi from the treasures under the Arsh of Allah, and it was not given to anyone before me."
It's been said that Allah sends down one hundred and twenty blessings in the precinct of the Kaaba:
1. sixty for those who circumambulate
2. forty for those who worship
3. and twenty for those who look at it
When the Prophet PBUH and Jibreel AS were sitting, a gate in the heavens opened for the first time and an angel who's never come down before descended to reveal this surah to the Prophet PBUH. Surah Fatiha is known as the mother of the Quran. Nobody recites a letter from it except that they're given what they ask for. Allah swt himself responds when we recite every ayah of this beautiful surah. The seven ayahs are so highly praised that you actually engage in direct conversation with Allah swt when you recite these verses. Surah Ikhlas is equivalent to the third of the Quran. Reciting this has many benefits. It's a means to seek forgiveness and enter paradise.
The richness of the gold tones symbolizes the greatness of these surahs that have been gifted to us as a powerful source of enlightenment.
The Story: Durood
This painting is inspired by the moment where one recites Darood-E-Ibrahim when visiting the Prophet Muhammad’s PBUH grave in Masjid-e-Nabawi. The masjid is overflowing with souls from around the globe, yet the atmosphere is cool and calm. The green and gold interior is splendid and probably the most memorable. This was my humble attempt to symbolize the famous pillars, green dome, and umbrellas in an abstract way. The silver leaf in motion represents the cool breeze felt during Fajr in the early morning hours.
Reciting Durood is done to send Allah’s mercy and blessings on the Prophet Muhammad PBUH to show our love and gratitude. The benefits are immense. It’s a way for us to get high ranks in the court of Allah. Reciting the Darood raises the status of its readers. Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, “On the day of Qiyamah, the person closest to me will be the one who has sent the most Durood unto me.” (Tirmidhi). “Whoever supplicates Allah to exalt for me, Allah would exalt him ten times.” (Muslim)