21cm x 29cm
Liquid watercolour and 23.5ct gilded gold leaf on cold pressed watercolour paper
“Alif Laam Meem. This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who are mindful of Allah.”
Al-Muqattaat or the abbreviated letters consist of two to five Arabic Alphabets, figuring at the beginning of 29 Chapters in The Qur’an in which 'Alif Laam Meem' occurs in six surahs (Chapters). The meaning and purpose of these letters is mysteriously veiled. As Qur’an itself is a miracle and holds hidden values for the pure seeking hearts, it often times challenges mankind to produce a Surah (verse) at least somewhat like the Qur’an in beauty and elegance, if they doubt its authenticity.
These mysterious letters are known to us, and used frequently to formulate words however just like life cannot be created by us, even if we possess knowledge of the constituents of the human body. Similarly, the eloquence and beauty of expression that we find in the Qur’an can not be captured, despite knowing the letters that constitute the Qu'ran. The Qur'an thus proves its Divine origin.