Monthly Archives: May 2014

Indispensable

Salam Alaykum,

a few days ago I  remembered that I was subscribed to the Art Assignment, and proceeded to watch all episodes to date. I watched the Stake-Out episode when it was released and thought….okay….ehm…maybe not? Okay I’ll be honest, I thought it was too much work, and chickened out of it and promptly forgot all about the Art Assignment.

Well now that my Semester is over, I found myself with a lot of free-time and found that I could think of something for Week 3. I had some experience in making GIFs from ages ago, and liked the idea of depicting something that I found indispensable and is intimate.

The first thing I thought about was the Qur’an, as Muslims we have a daily interaction with it. We read it at every possible occasion, when we are happy, sad, distressed, depressed, content, and what ever other state you can think of. Or at least we should, but we forget. The 5 daily Prayers make up the minimum of Qur’an that is read in an observing Muslims life. It was clear to me that this would be what I would choose for this Assignment.

So I started with some sketches. Noticed afterwards that I drew them the wrong way round, good thing I started with these.  

Sketch

Then I started the drawings in one of my old sketchbooks looking for some paper without having to get out of my room.

First drawing

Then I started colouring them in using Colour Grip Pencils from Faber-Castell, which are water soluble and a little (lot of) paint to get different consistencies and colours.

Then I Photographed them not having a scanner available, it also being in the middle of the night. Opened the files in Adobe Illustrator and vectorised them through the live Paint feature which went almost without a hitch.

First illu 2nd Vector 3rd Vector 4th Vector

Then put them together using Photoshop’s Animation feature.

Photoshop

And there we are the finished product, it’s nothing big and I see quite a lot of space for improvement but I’m happy with the outcome, Alhamdulillah.

Indispensable-fin

Felt like sharing how I made this, hope you like it inshaAllah.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Videos? Love ’em XXIX

Salam Alaykum,

here are my favourite videos this week. As usual in the Categories Islam in over and under 10 minutes, Youtube, Parkour, Shorts, Motion Graphics and Vimeo.

Islam

Under 10 minutes

Over 10 minutes

Parkour

Youtube

Shorts

Motion Graphics

Vimeo

Honourable Mentions

Puh! That’s it for this week, see you next week with a new list of videos.
Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman 

Confidence with regards to Allah

Salam Alaykum,

In our daily life, we should internalise that Allah swt. will not wrong us. That we have to trust Allah swt. with every fibre of our being. It is He who is the Ever-watchful (Ar-Raqib), the All-seeing (Al-Basir) and the All-knowing (Al-Alim). He is also the Most Compassionate (Ar-Rahim), the Most Forbearing (Al-Halim) and the Loving (Al-Wadud).  He knows us better that we know ourselves, He knows our deepest secrets, our anxieties and fears. Our few good deeds and our mountains of sins, and still He gives us chance after chance, day after day, to come back to Him, to repent. He will not do us wrong. We need to have full confidence in Him, He swt. is our Creator, He knows what is good for us, He knows our past and what our future holds for us.

Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and there is a lot of truth in that. Every single situation in this life is a test on the way you handle it. The way we handle grief, anger, bliss for example. Do we lash out when we are angry and forget God when we are in bliss? Do we sink into depression or do we take control of our situation and make the best of it, while continuing to thank God for the blessings that He has granted us in that moment of grief and sadness.

In the Qur’an Allah, the Almighty tells us “And whoever relies upon Allah then He is sufficient for Him.” To rely on Allah, to put your full trust in Him, to have tawakkul in Allah swt. is of utmost  importance to any believer. Ibn Atillah rah. states that: “Relieve yourself of worry after you have planned; do not concern yourself with what Allah has undertaken on your behalf.” Tawakkul means to be firm in our heart. In everything we do, to trust that whatever happens is the will of Allah and is good for us, whether it is apparent to us or not. There is a difference however between tawakkul and tawaakul.

Anas ra. reported, that a person asked the Prophet saw., “Should I tie my camel and have tawakkul (trust in Allah for her protection) or should I leave her untied and have tawakkul. The Prophet saw. replied, “Tie her and have Tawakkul”” [Hasan, At-Tirmidhi]

Tawaakul means that a person leaves everything up to Allah swt., to not even lift a single finger to do anything, to achieve anything in life. Thinking that, “If God wishes it, it will happen, if  not it will not.” This should not be our attitude.

Our attitude should be, that when we do something or make a decision on a matter, we have the correct intention. Then we decide or carry out this matter with full confidence relying on Allah that whatever comes out of this is the best outcome for us. Whether we initially recognise the outcome as best  for us or not.

Allah swt. wants good for us, in a hadith the Prophet saw. said, “Wonderful is the affair of the believer! His affairs in their entirety are good for him. If good befalls him, he is thankful, and that is good for him. And if harm befalls him he is patient, and that is good for him. And this (prosperous state of being) is only for the believer.”

Having this confidence that Allah swt. wished good for you and I in whatever situation we may be in, casts a blanket of calmness over our hearts. It lessens anxieties and falling to depression. We as Muslims, have a higher purpose, there is a reason why you and I were gifted with Islam. So be confident.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman