Compassion شفق

"In this earth,
in this immaculate field,
we shall not plant any seeds
except for compassion,
except for love."
— Rumi

Watercolour and metal leaf on Saunders Waterford paper, 50x50 cm.

Date20 June 2017

For the purpose of this series, I am matching love words with their English equivalents, but the reality is not as neat as that: each Arabic word has a whole range of meanings and possible translations. Shafaq, a more basic form of Ishfâq, means “kindness of heart, mercy, pity, feeling for the suffering of others, sympathy, compassion.”

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