Titled: Kaba Al-Musharafah, meaning 'The Holy Kaaba' (2019)
There are seven patterned rings around the Kaba to represent the seven circumambulations during tawaf, followed by an arch that is in the same structure as those found in Masjid Al Haram. All the designs seen in the piece represent patterns found in nature, for example, the grey circles on the arch represent the phases of the moon whereas the golden ones represent the sunrise and sunset. The patterns within the rings symbolize cells, the earths crust embedded with gems, and the top two corners show the mountains of Makkah.
Hadith narrated by At- Tirmidhi (959) that Ibn-e-Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said, I heard the Holy Prophet ﷺ says: “Whoever performs Tawaf around this House seven times and he keeps track of it, then it is as if he freed a slave.” And I heard him saying: “One foot is not put down, nor another rose except that Allah removes a sin from him and records a good deed for him.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 959]
Materials: The piece is highly reflective, comprising of delicate ink patterns and layers of silver and gold leaf.