Monday, 10 October 2011

The All Merciful [Ar Rahmaan] - Acrylic on Canvas

Ar Rahmaan - The All Merciful. Acrylic on Canvas painted in the style of Islamic Symbolic Abstract Expressionism.

Ar Rahmaan is one of the most frequent Names of Allah from the Qura'n. It means 'The All Merciful' The aspect of 'rahmah' [mercy] that Allah extends to all of creation.

Examples of where this name occurs:-

It occurs in the first chapter of the Qura'n, "Ar Rahmaanir Raheem" (al Faatihah 1:2)

The Qura'n says, "Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither speak thy Prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between." (al Israa 17:110)

and "Gardens of Eternity, those which ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan has promised to His servants in the Unseen: for His promise must (necessarily) come to pass." (Maryam 19:61)

and "Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan [The All Merciful] as a slave." (Maryam 19:93)

and "On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan [The All Merciful] bestow love." (Maryam 19:96)

and "When it is said to them, "Adore ye ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan!", they say, "And what is ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan? Shall we adore that which thou commandest us?" And it increases their flight (from the Truth)." (al Furqaan 25:60)

and "If anyone withdraws himself from remembrance of ((Allah)) Ar Rahmaan, We appoint for him an evil one [shaytaan/devil], to be an intimate companion to him." (az Zukhruf 43:36)

The subject of 'rahmah' [mercy] has been addressed much in the Quran and ahadeeth [sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad {saw}].:-

Jareer reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said "Those who show no mercy to people will be shown no mercy by Allah." (BUKHARI, MUSLIM)

Mua'wiyah ibn Qurrah related that his father reported that a man said 'O Prophet of Allah, when I slaughter a goat, I am merciful to it.' The Prophet (saw) replied "Even if you are merciful to a goat, Allah will be merciful with you." He repeated this twice. (TABARAANI, BUKHAARI in 'Adab al Mufrad')

A'mr ibn Shua'yb reported from his father, from his father that the Prophet (saw) said "He who does not show mercy to our young or recognize the right of our elders is not one of us." (ABU DAWOOD, HAAKIM, TIRMIDHI, AHMAD, BUKHARI in 'Adab al Mufrad')

A'bdar Rahmaan ibn A'wf said he heard the Prophet (saw) say "Allah said 'I am Ar Rahmaan. I created kinship [ar rahm] and I derived it from my Name. I will maintain those who maintain it and I will cut loose those who sever it.'" (HAAKIM, BUKHARI in 'Adab al Mufrad' similar from AHMAD, TIRMIDHI, ABU DAWOOD)

Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said, "Allah has divided mercy into one hundred parts; and He retained with Him ninety-nine parts, and sent down to earth one part. Through this one part creatures deal with one another with compassion, so much so that an animal lifts its hoof over its young lest it should hurt it". (BUKHAARI, MUSLIM)

Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) saying, "When Allah created the creatures, He wrote in the Book, which is with Him over His Throne: `Verily, My Mercy prevailed over My Wrath"
(BUKHAARI, MUSLIM)

The mercy is symbolized in this painting by the green of life, provision, resurrection and Paradise. The soft sweeping curved strokes also are gentle in nature and easy upon the eye. The picture has harmonized colours indicating mercy.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful canvas picture, jazakallah for sharing!

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