AREEJ hand paints classic Arabic/Urdu calligraphy through a lens of modern approach and a poetic style.
All artwork is copyrighted and original works of AREEJ. Contemporary and classic, AREEJ's collection embodies a fusion of cultures and a message of oneness. "Areej" means fragrance (in Arabic) and the work is rooted in mahabbah (love), ikhlaas (sincerity), and shakur (gratitude) to the One.
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"If Allah wills. And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, 'Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.' And they stayed in their cave three hundred years. Nine more." Surah Al-Kahf [18:24 - 18:25] Nothing can shake taqwa (God-consciousness) out of the heart of a believer. The marbleized effect signifies the calamities we face, with a heart that perseveres at the core of it all. "Taqwa" 20" x 16" Canvas (Acrylics)
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was once asked: “What aspect of Islam is among the best?” He replied, “Giving food (to the needy) and saying salaam to whom you know and whom you know not.” (Sahih Muslim) As-salaamu-alaykum (May peace be upon you) "Salaam" 16" x 20" Canvas (Acrylics)
The Muslim greeting, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh (May the Peace, Mercy, and Blessings of Allah be Upon You), done on a special request to hang above the entrance door. "Peace be Upon You" x Canvas (Acrylics & Ink)
All of life, every sunrise and every breath, begins with the name of God: Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim (In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Compassionate). "Bismillah" x Canvas (Acrylics & Ink)
"Or [they are] like darkness within an unfathomable sea which is covered by waves, upon which are waves, over which are clouds - darknesses, some of them upon others. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. And he to whom Allah has not granted light - for him there is no light." Surat An-Nur [24:40] "Sea" 8" x 10" Canvas (Acrylics & Mixed Media)
"Rahma" (Mercy) is inspired by the blessings during the time at which rain falls-- just as its water gives life to land, supplication at this time gives life to a heart. "Rahma" x Canvas (Acrylics faux pearls)