Remembrance, this is a recent painting. It is called ”Night Zikr ”, zikr means “remembrance”, the proper pronunciation of this Arabic word in english sounds like ” Thikr” or even ”Dhikr”. Thikru Allah means the practice of remembering God, remembering.. because we forget momentously as we move busily through our lives. A night spent in prayer is a very in depth spiritual practice. If you are properly doing such work, you are given great energy and you can work at taming your ego, you can reach high levels of spiritual realities, but you can also lose your sanity so a guide is important. Such people as Rabi al Basri, a female celebrated awakened saint, a woman who many great Islamic scholars learned from, was actively practicing the abstinence, to bring her closer to her Love.
She prayed “O Allah! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell, and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise. But if I worship You for Your Own sake, grudge me not Your everlasting Beauty.
Rabia was in her early to mid eighties when she died, having followed the mystic Way to the end. By then, she was continually united with her Beloved. As she told her Sufi friends, “My Beloved is always with me”
She was the one who first set forth the doctrine of Divine Love and who is widely considered to be the most important of the early Sufi poets.
>>> I am definitely inspired by the beauty and wisdom of saints and my study and work in remembrance, Zikr, and Night prayer. In this series of paintings, I wonder in modesty and peace of this incredible tranquil faith. >>>