Quranic Calligraphy in Arabic

This is the final verse of the chapter of the Dominion, Surah Mulk.

Its translation reads :

Say, “Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the earth], then who could bring you flowing water?”” 67:30

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Due to the reference of water, I thought it would be appropriate to shape it in the form of a droplet.
Designed by hand and then on Illustrator with the intent of vinyl cutting it out at A2 size to decorate the mosque pulpit.

Summer woodwork – chapter 1

I find myself sat at the keyboard once again, trying to coerce myself into typing up a meaningful enough post; you see over the last few months I’ve been getting tension headaches and funnily enough it’s all down to how I’d stare at my Phone whilst I’m off daydreaming…and nothing’s really going on…

I mean it’s not even procrastinating, you just go onto standby mode. Long story short, I decided to take on a woodworking project with the negligible skill that I have at woodwork. Oh and with the limited supply of tools that I have in my grandma’s cellar; But heck what could go wrong.

To keep it easy though I decided to take on something relatively easy, a box…a big box…for trees. A planter at 600x600x450mm to be precise, well on paper. I purchased one piece of 2×1″ studwork wood and a pack of Redwood planks from Wickes and got chopping and chiselling away to make corners with mortises first, and then planks with a tenon on either side. I finished it off with a bit of router work in certain places. Later on I did however drill a pilot hole and screw into the pieces to give more structural integrity as it has to support 144l of compost.

And just a little sanding followed by a lick of rosewood stain and I was very surprised at how well it turned out. Now usually my family are very weary of when I decide to take on projects because it usually goes belly up, apparently… but on seeing what I had made, they commissioned me for a second one to match the other side of the bench.

Towards the end I realised that I needed to add chicken wire or mesh to the bottom to hold in the compost since are there were some gaps in the planks at the bottom; and a layer of polystyrene confetti to help with water drainage.

Upon reflection I’d probably have drilled and routed the pieces separately before assembly to preserve neatness, the routing got a bit messy because of protruding screws but all in all I think it looks the part … Definitely holds character, I think; and it will allow the olive tree to grow large enough without having to repot it any time soon.

God’s creatures, great and small 

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.
“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
“Certainly,” said man.
“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.
And He went away.

Do trees have babies?

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting on here lately. I’ve been bogged down with university work before half term, and over the Easter holidays I decided that I needed a tech and work-free fortnight to catch my breath.

During the holidays however while sat on a wall basking in the oh-so rare British sunshine, I noticed a tiny seedling. I looked up and the tree above me was a sycamore and something told me this tiny seedling is in fact a baby sycamore tree, although the leaves hadn’t formed fully at this point and all I could base it from was a red stalk.

“Sycamore trees can grow to 35m and can live for 400 years. The bark is dark pink-grey and smooth when young, but becomes cracked and develops small plates with age. Twigs are pink-brown and hairless.

Leaves: palmate leaves measure 7-16cm and have five lobes. Leaf stalks of younger trees are characteristically red.

Flowers: small, green-yellow and hang in spikes, or ‘racemes’.

Fruits: after pollination by wind and insects, female flowers develop into distinctive winged fruits known as samaras.” 


Instinctively, I was SURE of it, as I usually am with pretty much anything else that I usually think of so I carefully uprooted the seedling and planted it in a plant pot.

A fortnight on… lo and behold! The leaves have fully emerged and I can happily confirm that it is indeed a Sycamore tree.