One of my latest art pieces was inspired by the mysterious disjoined letters of the ancient Quran scripture, Alif Laam Meem.
If anyone has read the Quran’s 1400 yr old scripture, which has stayed consistent in it’s classical Arabic, they will know that the Quran carries timeless wisdom along with mystery. The disjointed Arabic characters, Alif Laam Meem, are one of the many mysteries.
There are a few philosophies about what these characters mean. Yet, scholars still manage to illustrate new philosophies based on new discoveries. It’s as if these characters are trying to tell us something. Perhaps it’s signifying how we should handle our interpretation of the “truth”? When we are unable to realize the exact meaning of something, this should not lead us to automatically reject it, make any strong assumptions, or adopt a strict stance based on our interpretation. These disjointed characters should not only humble our minds, but inspire us to seek greater meanings and fresh interpretations of all that remains a mystery.
I see Alif Laam Meem as characters that represent true art, a challenge that inspires us to be in awe and continuously explore the divinity of life.