'Surah Yusuf' (2020)
Created with oil paints and gel mediums, this painting consists of layers of genuine 22k Gold
Leaf on textured canvas and Sterling Silver Leaf ink. Charcoal and watercolor mediums are also present under layers of gesso.
The story of Prophet Yusuf AS was outstanding among the stories of prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. Yusuf was from the genealogy of Prophets. He was the son of Yakub, grandson of Is’haq and the great-grandson of Ibrahim (May Allah‘s blessing be with them all). The distinctiveness of his story is that it is the only prophetic narrative in an entire chapter. It is a chronological story from the beginning to the end. This is not just very rare but unique. There is no other place like it in the whole Qur’an.
The life of Hazrat Yusuf was filled with trials, jealousy, harship and betrayal but carries a message for the Ummah that reveals the beauty of faith, loyalty and trust in Allah swt. This painting is a soft interpretation of the tumultuous life of Hazrat Yusuf, starting with a canvas covered in pigment rich paints, pure gold leaf and gold ink, with flecks of white amongst trails of pearl pigment. This textured backdrop was inspired by the dream which led Hazrat Yusuf to prophethood;
Yusuf (as), who was the most beloved of his father, dreamt that eleven stars, the sun and the moon were all prostrating before him. He narrated this dream to his father the next morning, whereupon Ya’qub (as) realised that this was a vision from Allah (ﷻ) and an indication of Yusuf’s (as) future prophethood.
Within layers of pure 24k gold leaf halos in a design inspired by quranic manuscripts dating back to the 13th and 14th century are the words:
وَاتَّبَعْتُ مِلَّةَ آبَآئِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ مَا كَانَ لَنَا أَن نُّشْرِكَ بِاللّهِ مِن شَيْءٍ ذَلِكَ مِن فَضْلِ اللّهِ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى النَّاسِ
"And I have followed the religion of my fathers , - Ibrahim (Abraham), Ishaque (Isaac) and Ya'qub (Jacob), and never could we attribute any partners whatsoever to Allah. This is from the Grace of Allah to us and to mankind"
-Surah Yusuf (38)
16x20 inches with 2 inch thick, Gallery wrapped borders
Arrives pre-wired and ready to hang with a Certificate of Authenticity and relevant documents via First Class Air Mail