Heart قلب

“It is burning of the heart I want. This burning which is everything. More precious than a worldly empire because it calls God secretly in the night.”
— Rumi

Watercolor, ink and metal leaf on Cotman paper 300gsm. 50x50 cm.

Date6 November 2011

The Heart (قلب) is the first of the five innermost Lata’if, the place where love and longing are awakened and the journey Home begins. It precedes Ruh, and its color is yellow. It took several attempts for me to arrive at a solution for Qalb; it’s only when I started thinking of the word combining with itself that an idea emerged. Originally I envisioned the center as octagonal, but the final circle tied it into a whole.

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