My Little Project

Hi everyone!

I have been working on a book project for a while and here is the sneak peek for it!

It is going to be a children’s series and this is the first book!

This is one sketch and I cannot wait for the final art!

Please forgive me for not posting but I plan to be better at that soon…

What do you think?!

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Fear (finale)

Fear (part I)

At the same time, we should not be suffocated into thinking of hopelessness and dread so much so that it deters our way of life but to use fear as a guide and scale for our priorities and goals: to serve and do what Allah wants us to do, and maintain as much distance from things that mislead us into the flaming pits.

Being afraid of the Fire and trying to abstain from actions and thoughts that lead to its door is part of our faith and ibaada

Ibaada is worshipping Allah and one form of this is by abstaining from things that Allah does not like.

This Fire is reserved for the disbelievers and Allah does not want us to be residing amongst them.

Our fear should be primarily consumed with Allah and His greatness; His overall power on us as servants, as He is Al-Mulk of the worlds and universe.

“The Sovereign of mankind.” (114:2)

We worry much for what others say and do.  Our minds are all entwined with what books dictate and what the media wants us to think.

Everything in this life is perishable except our intentions and deeds but how little time we spend on spinning this concept into our minds.

Punishments and hell are things that we need to contain our thoughts with.

In Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 281: “And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.”

Allah is an All-Just ruler and everyone will be treated for what they deserve.

Our Lord wants us fear the Day of Judgment so we can be the best Muslims we can be.

This fear is not a negative attribute but something that is required for us in our deen if we are to be successful and be one of the righteous. 

To be a believer, one must lose the fear in this dunya with its lures and deceits and place that fear where it belongs.

It is Allah’s property and we should return it to Him with conviction and have an unwavering desire to submit to His commands.

Let the swirling abyss be made up of worldly goods, speech, emotions, and evil.

“But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.” (3:76)

Cursing kills creativity

Besides the fact that curse words are inappropriate, disrespectful, crude, hurtful, and un-Islamic, they are completely unoriginal and uncreative when it comes to describing feelings and situations.

It is a lazy man’s substitute for something perhaps greater and more profound but he opts to throw in a lovely curse word.

It is not “artistic” nor “creative” when one uses this vulgarity.

Art is about being specific and trying to create an exact meaning of things. 

The curse words block any attempt for creativity to flourish.

People are unable to extract various interpretations of the art piece (movies, song lyrics, writings, etc.) when a vulgar word takes the stance of something meaningful.

The quality of the artistic expression is lost when it has been wrung through the cursing machine. 

Image courtesy of Brittany Romo (Thank you for creating this!)

Even fantasy creatures do not appreciate such lazy language and will fight to be expressed in a more profound manner…

Art gains its intrigue, originality, and creativity when the curse word is replaced with something more visual and better promotes understanding of the work.

For example, if one was to read about someone who just heard his wife got into an accident, he could replace the cursing the character might say with something significant.

Or the writer can illustrate an image of how much pain and shock the person is going through in his writing piece.

The quality wanes when cursing is involved in a could-be-masterpiece.

Don’t let cursing kill creativity.

What do you think…does cursing lessen the quality of art?  Is it a lazy man’s substitute for something more enlightening?  Why or why not?