Thursday, 17 February 2011

Ya Ali

"Oh, I desire a cup of wine from the Beloved's own hands.

In whom can I confide this secret?

Where am I to take my grief?

I have yearned a lifetime to see the Beloved's face;

I am a frenzied moth circling a flame,

A wild rue seed pod roasting in the fire.

See my stained cloak and this prayer-rug of hypocrisy;

Can I , one day, tear them to shreds at the tavern door? "

- Imam Khomeini

Ya Ali

Ya Ali (detail)

Ya Ali (detail)
I painted this 3 years ago, my mind saturated with words and sayings of Imam Ali from the Nahjul Balagha...My heart fluttered..... like a happy bird that flutters its little wings after a much awaited rain shower. 
This painting can be viewed in portrait or landscape...Viewed in portrait, you will read 'Ya Ali'. Viewed horizontally, you will read 'Allah'.

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This work by Ambereena Razvi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


  1. Salaamalaikum, I came across this painting when I googled Ya Ali. It is beautiful. I was wondering if it is all possible to get a print of this. I am in the USA. Please let me know what the honorarium will be this work of art. I will be very grateful if I can have a copy of this.
    Mehdi Razvi

  2. Wa alaikum salaam Mehdi,
    Sure I can have a print made for you. Thing is I'm moving to Canada for good this July inshallah. I think it'll be easier for me to have it sent to you from there. So email me your address to, and I'll let you know how to make the payment once I'm in Canada.:)

  3. Nice job ambreena!! loving it mashallah! <3

    1. Thank you, nice 'Anonymous'person :)