Archive for July, 2010

Rahmah (Mercy): Before & After

// July 28th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Photos


I attended a calligraphy workshop a few years back with my best friend, SimSim. Though I had a lot of fun, it was clear that I didn't have much skill with a brush!

Later, I scanned in the piece I brought home (top), and eventually fiddled with it in Adobe Illustrator, printing it out on canvas as a wedding present for the same friend (bottom).

I think this is proof as to why I should stick with digital art in future!

SimSim’s Wedding Day

// July 15th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Photos

A selection of photos from the wedding day of my best friend, SimSim.

Bridal Makeup (close up) Bridal Makeup (the full monty) Bridal Bling Bridal Bangles Bangles Confetti
The Stage The Hall (1) The Hall (2) The Hall (3) Little Red Bag of Secrets

Hubb (Love)

// July 14th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Photos

For my best friend, SimSim.

Drawn using a Wacom Bamboo Pen in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Music, Kids & Islam: A Response to BBC London News

// July 1st, 2010 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I just watched the BBC London News report on the issue of a few Muslim children being removed from music lessons by parental request. Before sharing my views, I direct you to a post written by Indigo Jo for background and analysis.

The following is a short message I sent to the 'Your London' email address:

Entertainment, art and creativity have been part of the rich fabric of Islamic culture for over 14 centuries. The use of musical instruments is prohibited in orthodox Islam, but does not preclude Muslim children from engaging in other artistic pursuits. I understand that taking children out of class may introduce a problem wrt supervision, which is why teachers should consult with Muslim parents to come to an adequate solution. The matter is no different to the provision of vegetarian meals at schools to accommodate the religious beliefs of Jews, Hindus, Muslims and other faith groups.

Of course, it wasn't read out, as I expected. However, I was sad to hear the news presenter speed through several very negative messages sent in by non-Muslims, including music teachers, and two from Muslim parents that could be summarised as “most of us don't have a problem with this”. I.e., “Please stop picking on us during prime-time”.

I find it difficult to believe that mine was the only reasonable, positive message they received, though I imagine the negatives flooded in faster.

Music in Islam has been, and continues to be debated within the Muslim community. Why does BBC London think that a report on this issue will be useful to anyone? The way the story was told, and the tone of viewer comments, you'd think denying children a musical education was tantamount to child abuse. It clearly is not, and making a mountain out of a mole hill helps no-one. Least of all the Muslim children that the BBC are supposedly so concerned about, who, thanks to such irresponsible reporting, are growing up in a country that is becoming increasingly more hostile to their culture, identity and values.

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