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June 26, 2012 > Local Muslim artists showcase 'Miracle of Quran'

Local Muslim artists showcase 'Miracle of Quran'

By Nisha Patel
Photos By Courtesy of Nabeela Raza

Throughout the month of June, the Islamic Art Exhibit will be displayed at the Fremont Main Library including a children's section in the computer room; additional artwork can be seen throughout the main hallway area. Local artists expressing the wide diversity of those following the Islamic faith are represented; Muslims from India, Pakistan, Africa, the Middle East, and America.

Nabeela Raza, founder of the exhibit, stated that the primary purpose of the display is "To present Islamic art to the whiter, American community, and to build bridges among Muslims; to showcase art for everyone to enjoy. It provides a platform for Muslims from different backgrounds and origins to come together to present their art."

Artwork displayed includes photographs, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, beadwork, calligraphy, digital art collages, ceramic pieces and visual art.

Raza says that this year's theme, "Miracle of Quran" is in recognition that, although the Quran was received 1,400 years ago, much scientific knowledge was known at the time despite the lack of technology. These ideas are now resurfacing. Verses from the Quran, significant to science and nature, were used for artist inspiration.

This is the third consecutive year of the Islamic Art Exhibit in Fremont, which began with the help of Fremont Cultural Arts Council President Margaret Thornberry and Margaret Talt as an offshoot of a cross-cultural art exhibit. The current display was initially shown in April at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland and visited the Santa Clara County Library and Cupertino Library during the month of May.

Explaining why the exhibit has been such an outstanding success, Raza says, "People look at other peoples' religions and art, and appreciate it because every country and region of the country has their own history, and it is a part of human history to value these differences."

For more information, visit: www.islamicartexhibit.com.

Islamic Art Exhibit
Through June 30
Monday and Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1401
www.islamicartexhibit.com

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