Description: Mixed media painting of the holy Kaaba. After looking at something bright, you may continue to see an image of that object when you look away. This lingering visual impression is called an afterimage.
The Story: For the mystic, the physical Kaaba in the world represents the human spiritual heart, the ‘place’ within the human being where the Divine dwells, where the true human being (insān) meets the Divine face to face. One could say that the Kaaba and the heart are not really two things: the real Kaaba is the perfect human heart, the original source of prayer, and whoever brings their heart to that state of perfection and prays from there is praying from the Kaaba.
Just as every Muslim knows about the Kaaba but only some go on pilgrimage, so everybody has an idea about the mystical heart, but only some visit it and experience it directly. To find this place within us is to embark upon a journey, which if successful will become a ceaseless circumambulation around the mystery of the Heart. It is a journey that must be undertaken alone, in the privacy of one’s being, on the solitary road of the uncommon.
To set off on the journey towards the inner heart, we have to undertake a particular journey, with its own particular route. We carry our own baggage, light or otherwise. We may stop en route, to rest and pick up provisions, but if our intention is clear enough, these stopping-places are temporary – we shall not mistake them for our destination. It is essential to always bear in mind what that final destination is like – which makes it equally essential to listen to those who have arrived, who bring news of the true nature of Heart.
According to Ibn Arabi Q.S., there is one obstacle above all which kills the heart, and this is the lack of knowledge of God, which is called ignorance because the heart is the ‘house’ which God has chosen from this human formation for Himself.
Allah Azzawajal is the Owner of the heart, and it is through this heart that all good comes to the soul. For Mystics, the heart is not the place of emotions or feelings, as we might think of it today. It is primarily the house of real knowledge: it is the place where God Himself is known and the temple in which God already dwells. In reality it is His Heart, not ours
The Product: Our framed canvas is a 38mm stretched canvas within a traditional picture frame. The simple addition of a wooden picture frame creates a completely new form of wall art, quite distinct to a standard canvas. The thin frame sits approximately 5mm from the edge of the canvas helping create a floating border. Highly recommended for photography and images that make a real statement.
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