There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy as Mecca – for Muslims. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is one of the most celebrated place on Earth.
Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba in the holy sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it for prayer on a daily basis. Menzene.com brings you art from around the world depicting the magnificent beauty of the Kaaba.
‘Stencil Art’, photo by Ted Swedenburg
“This sort of stencil art is not ‘graffiti’, but appears to be sancrioned art work that one typically finds on walls next to the entrances of mosques throughout the Old City of Jerusalem.”
‘House of God’, Ruh al-’Alam
“The Ka’ba to me is sublime. The fact that God chose the simplest of shapes to represent His house on earth is truly magnificent. It is a symbol of focus; an angular structure that has its four corners facing towards the four points of the earth.
‘3D Shahada Ka’ba’ Ruh Al-Alam
“Every Muslim artist who seeks to create art that is reflective of their faith will aways come to do a piece on the Ka’ba as it is the closest an artist gets to depicting the most Divine.”
‘Equal but Different’, Khaver Idrees
“Beneath the complex surface and layers of time, the simplicity of the cube in Hajj is what inspired me; the fixed nature of the square as a focus and the fluid, continuous circle of tawaf is mesmerising. Just as the electrons in an atom are attracted to the nucleus, so too are we drawn to the Absolute. The piece was particularly personal as I used items I found during my own experience of Hajj in the art work.”
‘Inspirations’, Mo Negm
“The Ka’ba to me has so much energy; I find inspiration in the mass rush of people circling the black cube, the striking gold of the visuals and the piercing minarets. My focus is capturing the frenetic scene, reflecting the realisation of my own constant inner battles. The layered paint highlights layered complexities, with sharp reds against softer blues. ”
‘Circling the Ka’ba’, Lateefa Spiker
“I intended for the piece to be a simple view, of an amazing reality. It is the primordial symbol of the central still point within a circle. Like the nucleus within the cell, every person’s being resonates with this as it is what we are all made from – the macrocosm, revealing itself within the microcosm.”
‘I know I am not alone’, Samir Malik
“Stuck in a Calcutta hotel room during monsoon season, I observed the tawaf on television; the sight of over a million people, all dressed the same and moving in one direction showed me that unity was a real possibility in the world. Since then, I find myself painting the Ka’ba every year. The title for this particular piece expresses how much Hajj has taught me personally.”
‘Magnestism’, Ahmed Mater
“The Magnestism exhibition uses physics, magnets, and iron fillings. We see the strength of magnetic attraction, which forms the movement of the tawaf around the Ka’ba. Personally, this is the spiritual state that I find myself in when I myself am making the tawaf.”