Saudi artists display their works in unique Islamic art expo

Saudi artist Ola Hejazi displays her painting of a girl making Dua’a (supplication) to Allah.
Updated 13 June 2017

Saudi artists display their works in unique Islamic art expo

JEDDAH: The works of artists from across the Kingdom are on display at the Nesma Art Gallery in an Islamic art exhibition in Jeddah. The exhibition is meant to reflect the cultural diversity and true soul of Islam.
Inspired by the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, the paintings depict Islamic community life, culture and heritage. Many of the works contain Islamic calligraphy and offer a message of peace.
The exhibition will remain open for visitors throughout Ramadan.
Saleh bin Ali Al-Turki, chairman of Nesma Holding Co., said he believes it is a real achievement to feature myriad types of Islamic artwork by Arab and Saudi artists under one roof.
The works on display reflect the depth of the human soul and the link between Allah and the Holy Qur’an. Many of the paintings are clearly focused on the cultural traditions and civilization of Saudi Arabia and Islam, to emphasize how the country and its people have developed within the bounds of religion.
Mohammed Al-Ablan, an artist whose works have been exhibited around the world, said the exhibition has brought together artists from different schools of arts and their participation confirms that each artist has his own view.
Ola Hejazi, who is among the participating artists, told Arab News that most of the paintings depict the Holy Qur’an and mosques, and each artist has done this through their own distinct perspective.
“My painting shows my vision; Islam is not only about mosques, but also in making Dua’a (supplication) to Allah. So the girl in my painting is making Dua’a, which represents a simple and regular Muslim who can be anyone,” she said.

She explained that her painting also presented people who isolate themselves from the crowd and spend time in repentance, Dua’a is the most powerful way to connect to the Almighty.
She said some of the artists chose to write verses of the Quran but for her, presenting Dua’a is a spiritual feeling.
“It’s a secret only Allah knows, for he is aware of what’s inside our hearts,” she added.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.