…a creative sense of wonder…

By In

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…priceless…some wax lyrical with the gift of gold and diamonds…but when a child secretly passes such a drawing as the above the depths of heart rejoices with unbounded felicity…with even more giddily delight flowing through the soul than any worldly ornament or expensive adornment or trinket…apart from the narrative conveyed…the sisters with their hijab to the left…the Muadhdhin…arms raised in front of a microphone…the speakers attached to the minarets…all under the Mubarak Dome…it was the unexpected gift…the element of surprise from a child who wanted to share his work…a sincere act of giving…having no sense of shyness or embarrassment with his art work…a child who is inspired by his Deen…his unique way of observing the reality around him…and who loves the ability Allah Ta’ala has granted him to dive with an inventive imagination…how we all love such children…they keep on giving and keep on pulling the heart strings SubhAllah…it becomes incumbent upon us to provide children with materials, space and time to discover and express Insha’Allah…

…no excuses made for sharing all of the following quotes because experience has proven that the child from a family that nurtures creativity is far more balanced than one who is denied this environment and opportunity…we as carers of the future generation of Muslims need to make time for developing children’s imaginative pursuits…to encourage their innocent sense of wonder…to assist them to view the world around them with awe and appreciation expressed not only in words but in line, colour, shape, texture…exploring all the elements of design through an array of medium…reflect upon these quotes while internalizing how we as Muslims can adopt some of the sentiments…this is what a group of us are doing with the aim of producing a book of activities for children while they are here for Hajj and/or Umrah…where children are also contributors Alhumdulillah…Insha’Allah more details as the publication date draws nearer…Insha’Allah your Du’a is requested as well as suggested titles for such a book…

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

“Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?”

“Everything you can imagine is real”

“The important thing is to create”

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”

“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”


“The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it”

David Hockney

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced”

Vincent Van Gogh

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”


“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people”

Leo Burnett

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”

Dr Seuss

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”


“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”

Howard Ikemoto

“A work becomes a work of art when one re-evaluates the values of nature and adds one’s own spirituality.”

Emil Nolde

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”


“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

John Updike

…Insha’allah we need to awaken the joy of creative expression in our children…and also never lose that for ourselves regardless of age…a journey of transcendence in total gratitude…

…embark on instilling artistic expression as a form of visual prayer within your home today…Insha’Allah give the spirit breathing room…


All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.



…the mothers are infectious…the grandmothers are infectious…the children more so…SubhanAllah…the light of sweetness oozes from this photo…symbolic of the infectious…

By In

…Dawudy Do Hasany Soo …

Dawudy Do Hasany Soo didn’t know what to do when looking for clothes bright and new he wandered here and he wandered…

By In
Rainbows, sharing


…SubhanAllah…a beautiful creative ‘mess’ captured at a window overlooking Masjid Nabawi with Saqeefa directly below… …Masha’Allah…two precious, and extremely blessed…

By In


  • Hasan Orhan Reply
    March 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    MasAllah berakeAllah.

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Alhumdulillah and ShukriLlah Dear Brother Hasan.

  • saimah Reply
    March 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    lovely compilation dear!!! my system was not working properly so have to do lot of catching up with some wonderful previous posts
    Jumah mubarak

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest Sister Saimah,
      indeed so often Allah Ta’ala deems for us to have time out from this super zooming cyber highway…way too fast for this aging grannie. Khair Alhumdulillah.
      Love and Du’a to and for you and yours,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • habibah Reply
    March 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi

    Masha’Allah!!! If only more Muslims knew of the value of creativity in Islam. Creativity comes from the heart and allows us to express what one cannot express in words. Islamic art is in itself so profound- geomtery to represent the symmetry and perfection of Allah SWT, arabesque to represent His magnificent beauty, and calligraphy to represent the word of Allah…and the mosques themselves are such beautiful wonders of architecture that can only be divinely inspired subhanAllah.

    I myself love art, inshaAllah I hope my pursuit in becoming a student of the deen manifests itself in the Islamic arts – such a vital part of our beautiful heritage but so overlooked.

    Allah SWT bless you and your loved ones dearly, and please send millions of durood upon HabibAllah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam).

    • almiskenah Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Beautifully said Dearest Bint Habibah!
      Insha’Allah you spend part of each week expressing your love in any medium at your disposal. You are already a student of Deen so release your inner creative self now 🙂
      There are so many online sites with templates for sacred geometry patterns you can print out and colour as a start.
      Love and Du’a
      Wassalamu alaikum

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