Whirling Waw – Rumi

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Medium (Original) : Acrylic and Oil on Canvas with texture

Size (Original) : 25.5cm x 51cm x 1.5cm

Artist : Fa-ique Fakier

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Waw-Whirling Dervishes – Rumi


The letter waw is copula and a mark for the voice in the Arabic language, symbolizing the connection of God and man. The composition is not incidentally made in a circular form, it is there to symbolize the ritual of dhikr, to remind one of the infinite repetition and the circular movement and rhythm of composition are an association to the ritual’s choreography, right to left, like a cosmic movement. This visual dhikr, which, upon seeing calligraphy, prevents one from oblivion and brings him back to the state of consciousness, is a symbolism of the movement of the cosmos and the planets, because, according to Sufi teaching, everything is in movement.

In art, Muslims “developed a great love for the waw and used it from about 1700 onwards for decorative purposes. They may have been inspired by numerous waws in the longer profession of faith, which was often calligraphically represented as a boat of salvation, with the waws serving as its oars. Read More


“If you want the moon, do not hide at night.

If you want a rose, do not run from the thorns.

If you want love, no not hide from yourself.”

– Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, “our master”), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, “my master”), and more popularly simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan. Read More

Whirling Dervishes

Sufi whirling (or Sufi turning) (Turkish: Semazen borrowed from Persian Sama-zan, Sama, meaning singer, from Arabic, and zan, meaning doer, from Persian) is a form of physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and other orders such as the Rifa’i-Marufi. It is a customary meditation practice performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens, from Persian سماعزن) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kamal. This is sought through abandoning one’s nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. Read More

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Weight1 kg
Dimensions25.5 × 51 × 4.5 cm

Downloadable Images (300 DPI), Reproduction (Full Color Print), Original (Hand Painted)


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