Coolness of Eyes
Inspired by the strongest bond we know: between a mother and her child.
Duas for our children, spouses & parents
Set of two prints of an Islamic painting by Saleha
Ayah #1: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our spouses & our offspring the coolness of our eyes & make us leaders of the righteous.” Surah Al- Furqan 25:74
Ayah #2: "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small." Surah Al Isra 17:24
The "eyes becoming cool" is an Arab idiom. This expression equates to finding refuge from a storm. In today's world, the storm can be found inside our homes. In this powerful and beautiful dua, we ask Allah SWT for our home to become a place of refuge. A place where our worries disappear when we come home to our spouse & children.
The strongest bond is that between a mother and her child. Remember when Musa AS's mother put her baby in the water to save him from Pharaoh? Can you imagine not knowing what's happening to your child? Imagine the feeling when she was reunited with Musa AS. Allah SWT used the same expression to describe the most indescribable feeling: the coolness of the eyes.
This indescribable feeling inspired this painting. The floral prints symbolize the pure bond between a mother and her child. The white streaks symbolize the modern-day sand storms that we seek refuge from, while the dominant blue represents tranquility and calmness. With this theme in mind, I included a dua for our parents as a reminder to slow down and show patience during their old age and to treasure our time with them as they may not be around for long.
May these powerful duas become part of our daily prayer inshaAllah