Kingdom | Masjid Al Aqsa | Prophet Sulayman
This painting illustrates Prophet Sulayman AS's legacy and how it encourages success with a higher purpose
This is a print of an Islamic painting by Saleha
Modern Calligraphy: Rabb [Lord]
Circular Islamic Calligraphy: "My Lord, Forgive me, and grant me a kingdom that will never be matched by anyone after me. You are indeed the Giver of all bounties" 38:35
Horizontal Line Calligraphy: "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants" 27:19
In this painting, we reflect on the life of the Prophet Sulayman AS, who was uniquely praised by God for being an incredible servant who constantly repented and turned back to Allah. This piece is a visual ode to a man of exceptional devotion, wisdom, and purpose.
His story is a reminder that success in this world, when pursued with a higher purpose and a positive attitude towards wealth and power, can lead to a legacy that transcends time. The deep, luxurious brown hues convey opulence and affluence, reminding us that when our intentions are to do good, Allah SWT will grant us wealth, resources and capabilities beyond our imagination. The myriad of dots in the background signify the winds at his command and the vast army of animals, both human and jinn, who listened to his wisdom and guidance.
At the heart of the artwork is a regal portrayal of Prophet Sulayman AS, adorned in antique gold, symbolizing his kingdom. He was an attentive and just leader, beloved by his people. The intricate ornamental designs coated in concrete, and the arch subtly alludes to the majestic temple of Sulayman AS which is believed to be in the vicinity of Masjid Al-Aqsa.
Ultimately, the painting's dual nature, with two contrasting sides, symbolizes the duality of this world and the hereafter. It's a reminder that, in Islam, excellence in worldly pursuits is encouraged so long as it is accompanied by a sense of responsibility of our religious obligations and the desire to make a positive impact on society. This in itself is an act of worship.