The children wanted to make some origami houses after they saw a picture on the cover of a book so yesterday we looked up some videos on YouTube.
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I was so busy yesterday I don’t know how I managed. It was probably my most challenging day for feeling dry and thirsty.
Apparently it was 28 degrees with a feel of 32. My neighbour put out her thermometer in the shade in her garden and it read 28. MashaAllah nice hot sunny weather.
I was surprised to find my neighbour who is an old lady (I don’t know how old she is but I think she could be older than my grandmother who is 80) busying herself in herd front garden tackling with her overgrown hedge and other types of bushes and plants.
She’s a very active lady MashaAllah (just as God willed), but I was surprised how she was coping in all the heat. When I asked her she told me that the councilhad given her a deadline for 19th July to have her garden sorted out and that they would be coming to inspect it in the morning. They also wanted to impose on her that some men would come and cut down her front and back gardens at a cost of £90 per hour which would take 2 days to complete meaning that she would have to pay around £1500 altogether!
I can’t believe how.unreasonable they are being. I think it’s just a way of trying to force her out of the home she has lived in since she was 9 months old with her parent’s and into an old people’s home. God forbid!
Why is it that when people get to a certain age they are pressured to be put away as if they are unwanted furniture? I understand that she is getting on a bit and she did have a fall a while ago which put her in hospital for a while but she is a human being with rights and all her mental faculties very well in tact.
Together we managed to sort out her front garden without completely stripping it of its character. Alhamdolillah (praise be to God). I hope that the council won’t complain about it but I know they will persist in trying to make life difficult for her till they get what they want.
Some beneficial reminders on the treatment of neighbors in Islam:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “O Muslim women! No one of you should consider insignificant (a gift) to give to her neighbour even if it is (a gift of) the trotters of a sheep”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Commentary: This Hadith means that neighbours should present gifts to each other. The rich men and the poor according to their means. One who is poor should not think that what he is presenting to his neighbour is not worthy of giving. Even his humble gift, provided it is presented with sincerity, will find acceptance with Allah. According to the Noble Qur’an: “So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an ant (or a small ant) shall see it.” (99:7)
It is, however, better for a rich person to present a gift which goes well with his means. He should not give anything to his neighbour which is stale or which he does not like for himself because apart from insincerity, such a thing shows his contempt for the neighbour while gift is, in fact, a token of sincerity and brotherhood.
Ibn `Umar and `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Jibril kept recommending treating neighbours with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
I have been passionate about art from an early age, always drawing and copying other artists work. I used to like drawing all the Disney cartoon characters and would make pictures for other children at school. My father used to give me constructive criticism on my artwork when I was a child, so I have always been used to looking again at my work and analysing until it feels right.
I make art because I enjoy it. It calms me and helps me to keep my hands busy and let my mind flow freely. It helps me let go of stress and tension so I don’t worry about silly things. The transformation process is fascinating to me.
My work is an expression of myself and whatever I am feeling at the time. With my art I am exploring texture, colour and pattern. I enjoy using the hand drill, because it enables me to make marks on hard surfaces like glass and wood. I like to use found and left over materials from other projects. I hate to waste things. That is why I use a lot of randomly sized pieces of board or plastic to print on. I am partial to painting on wood because of its hard nature. When I print I like to use layers in some way or another, for example I may use prints on tissue paper to make a collage or I may layer a lino print over a mono print.
My favourite colours are black and purple. I like black particularly because it is a bold and strong colour that stands out, I also like the fact that it always looks different when beside other colours. I like purple because it is a very rich voluptuous colour. I love bold and strong colours and there isn’t any particular colour that I don’t really like, they all have their place and purpose within my artwork. Hence why the most enjoyable part of the printing process for me is mixing the colours onto a palette, I always find new depths and shades of colour that I could not have made deliberately and so I use pieces of hardboard to mix my inks on and it becomes an artwork in and of itself so that I can continue to experience the pleasure derived from making new colours.
I pretty much just follow my own ideas and thought processes. When I was studying fine art at university I had worked consistently in lino printing and book making, but at the beginning of my final year I had an idea to make an art piece in glass, for that I had to do my own individual research as it was not a medium that was supported by the university. I had been inspired by a story in the Quran of the Prophet Solomon and his glass palace, after this I was determined to combine my Islamic art inspired patterns with glass. I had looked into the idea of making a building of glass cast blocks but then considering the cost and the weight of it I had to look at other options of making marks on glass so I ended up with buying a greenhouse and engraving it. Since then I have continued experimenting in glass and have used sandblasting and relief printing to make patterns on glass.
My current work is basically something to kick myself back into making something that I am passionate about. I had not painted anything for almost three years, I was stuck in a rut, having really bad artists block. I had been making prints during this time on hardboard and had many prints on tissue paper. I got fed up with looking at them so I was thinking to make some kind of collage with them as I had done a few times before but I really just wanted to get back into painting so I decided to combine the two and made the lily series.
Creating art is part of building memories. Each piece for me reflects a point in my life. I would like to incorporate my interest in other cultures, specifically my love for languages in my future work.