Diptych 100 x 50 cm each Title: Hidden Treasure Medium: Acrylic and 23 ct gold leaf . Inspiration: This painting was inspired by the verse in the Quran, “And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them (7:180). Each attribute and name of our Lord presents us a new way to glorify His praises. Likewise, each name holdS many benefits, and virtues, which can be applied to our day to day lives. I have humbly tried to visualise each of these Majestic attributes while dwelling on the Hadith Qudsi: Allah (swt) said:
كنت كنزا مخفياً فأحببت أن أعرف فخلقت الخلق Meaning : I was a Hidden Treasure (and) I wanted to be known, so I created Creation. The bold diamond and pearl shapes that occur in this painting signify “treasures”, as we understand them. The colours used try to emulate bright and beautiful coral beds, in the deepest depths of the ocean. And finally, the ultimate “treasure”, the lafthul jalaalah, “Allah”, is written in antique gold paint. . May we all gain closeness to and achieve true recognition (ma’rifah) of our Lord, Most High. May we be among those who seek Him, His pleasure and His closeness. And may we be among those who are granted the highest honour of his friendship. Ameen .