The Alhambra dUCk


Oh gosh, that aunty who lives 5 houses down is coming up to me now. She has one question, “D, you’re still not married yet?” Every single year! And then there are the childhood friends who we give the tightest hugs to and quickly get life updates from. “Oh wow, she has two children already?!” All this deja vu moments happen the most during Eid. Yes, the food is good, the new clothes are good, the family time is great , but one beautiful thing about Eid is also the strengthening of bonds in the community. Where does this happen? In the mosque, every Eid morning. As I grow older, I start to appreciate things that are bigger than just me. I take it for granted, but now I see more than ever the power of even a simple neighbourhood mosque. A mosque bears witness to the kindness and closeness of people around it. Wow, D has grown up!


I wanted to pay tribute to mosques this Eid so I decided to take Islamic elements from its architecture and the first place that came to mind; the majestic Alhambra in Spain. It was many years ago, but I remember the walks I had holding Dad’s hand as he passionately explained the details. The laceria on the royal palace walls, a combination of different geometric patterns coming together to create something beautiful - this I thought symbolised human beings living together in harmony. Dad also showed me the Arabic words on the walls, I was too young to decipher it then, but I found it so intriguing, almost like leaving secret messages to people in those days. I put this in the duck, see if you can decipher what I wrote to you. It’s not obvious, but you and I will know, and that’s what’s so special.


The grandeur of Alhambra reminds me of the mosques we have back home, the place that brings us all together. This Eid, I am excited to see the familiar faces I haven’t seen in a while, and I will give them my sincerest smile and salam. A mosque makes relationship stronger, and I hope in some small way, this Alhambra duck can do the same. Eid Mubarak, duckies! Ahhh, I’ve given a biggggg hint on your duck there! - D.


The Alhambra dUCk


Oh gosh, that aunty who lives 5 houses down is coming up to me now. She has one question, “D, you’re still not married yet?” Every single year! And then there are the childhood friends who we give the tightest hugs to and quickly get life updates from. “Oh wow, she has two children already?!” All this deja vu moments happen the most during Eid. Yes, the food is good, the new clothes are good, the family time is great , but one beautiful thing about Eid is also the strengthening of bonds in the community. Where does this happen? In the mosque, every Eid morning. As I grow older, I start to appreciate things that are bigger than just me. I take it for granted, but now I see more than ever the power of even a simple neighbourhood mosque. A mosque bears witness to the kindness and closeness of people around it. Wow, D has grown up!


I wanted to pay tribute to mosques this Eid so I decided to take Islamic elements from its architecture and the first place that came to mind; the majestic Alhambra in Spain. It was many years ago, but I remember the walks I had holding Dad’s hand as he passionately explained the details. The laceria on the royal palace walls, a combination of different geometric patterns coming together to create something beautiful - this I thought symbolised human beings living together in harmony. Dad also showed me the Arabic words on the walls, I was too young to decipher it then, but I found it so intriguing, almost like leaving secret messages to people in those days. I put this in the duck, see if you can decipher what I wrote to you. It’s not obvious, but you and I will know, and that’s what’s so special.


The grandeur of Alhambra reminds me of the mosques we have back home, the place that brings us all together. This Eid, I am excited to see the familiar faces I haven’t seen in a while, and I will give them my sincerest smile and salam. A mosque makes relationship stronger, and I hope in some small way, this Alhambra duck can do the same. Eid Mubarak, duckies! Ahhh, I’ve given a biggggg hint on your duck there!


Kisses,

D.