Medium: oil, spray & acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 91 x 122cm
Year: 2015

In an era where religions violently dominate society and the human mind, the (mis)interpretation of the holy scripts is like an endless table tennis game, where the role of the table has been taken by the uneducated and the insecure. Darkness is everywhere and the only light is the one of a fragile surface.

God Bless is a series of four paintings, based on the writings of the two most influential books of the human history, the Quran and the Bible (Old and New Testament).

God Bless I includes writings of the Quran in Arabic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter/Verse

2/42 – And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]
2/148 – So race to [all that is] good
2/229 – Divorce is twice. Then, either keep [her] in an acceptable manner or release [her] with good treatment. And it is not lawful for you to take anything of what you have given them
2/271 – If you disclose your charitable expenditures, they are good; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, it is better for you
3/104 – And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.
5/93 – There shall be no sin (imputed) unto those who believe and do good works for what they may have eaten
7/199 – Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant
10/25 – And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path
11/114 – Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember
23/96 – Repel evil with that which is better
24/33 – And such of your slaves as seek a writing, write it for them if ye are aware of aught of good in them, and bestow upon them of the wealth of Allah which He hath bestowed upon you
26/181, 182 – Give full measure, and be not of those who give less (than the due). And weigh with the true balance
28/77 – And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters
29/6 – And whosoever striveth, striveth only for himself, for lo! Allah is altogether Independent of (His) creatures
31/18 – And do not turn your cheek [in contempt] toward people and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful
65/6 – Lodge them [the divorced women] of where you dwell out of your means and do not harm them in order to oppress them. And if they should be pregnant, then spend on them until they give birth
93/9, 10 – So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him], And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him]
190/6 – For you is your religion, and for me is my religion