All art is proselytizing, whether is is the Christian/Catholic imagery of those from the past, Realism, Romanticism, Dadaism, Cubism, Expressionism or any other "ism". I just happen to be a Muslim artist making Islamic art. So of course, I will speak about Islam and Allah with praiseworthy words. Did you expect me to speak of something else? So yes, my work has a message, has a foundation and belief and ideology, technically speaking, my work is proselytizing the core message of Islam. What was Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel painting proselytizing? What about much of the old classical painters?
What purpose does art serve if it doesn't communicate a message? Visual art is a language. You either speak with eloquence or like a meme, eternally or temporarily, with conviction or uncertainty. Are we speaking to please others or are we speaking to communicate and express ourselves?
Narrated 'Ubaada bin As-Saamit رضى الله عنه: I heard Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, "The first thing created by Allah was the pen. He said to it, 'Write!' It said, 'O Lord! What should I write?' Allah Said, 'Write down the destiny of every thing until the Final Hour (as per my Will).'" [Ahmad] http://www.abdushakur.com http://www.lastgrasp.com
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