Once a week, on a Saturday at around 12:30 our art classes start. At the beginning they were based more on the different types of Arabic calligraphy and now we have reached what I truly like, drawing and painting using different techniques, such as watercolours and pastels… and with a bit of luck inshaAllah, we will get to try using oil paints.
I think that art allows one to see things from another point of view. Art is not only visible in physical things, such as paintings and architecture, it can be found in how one acts, in observing and in loving someone. For me art and love go hand in hand; they are peace, serenity, harmony and balance. Art is being far from someone and missing them, art is the need to see the smile of a particular loved one in order to know that everything is alright. For these reasons art allows me to love and to love Allah. Like our teacher Abdulfatah always says to us, art allows one to know themselves and with this allows one to feel sure about who they are.
Abdulfatah not only gives us classes on how to draw or how use the different paints, but every hour that he spends with us, he refreshes our memories on everyday matters that we should always have present.
He speaks about art in such a special way and he always takes everything back to Islam. He speaks to us about how one should behave, about what is good and what isn’t according to Islam, about dreams; the ones that should be spoken about and the ones that should be forgotten. He speaks to us about how we can always be surrounded by angels and how to drive Shaytan away from the Madrassa. And many other fascinating things.
The thing that never ceases to amaze me is that when the class has finished he thanks us for having spent time with us. He does all of this for us, without expecting anything in return, but simply for his love for art and for Allah.
This is just one of the many gifts that Allah has given us here in Larache.
-A student of the Madrassa
Some of the work from the art students: