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Passage #4

Acrylic on board

30x24 inches

2019

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful. Ta, Seen, Meem. These are the Verses of the Clear Book. We narrate to you from the history of Moses and Pharaoh

in truthfor people who believe. Pharaoh exalted himself in the land, and divided its people into factions. He persecuted a group of them, slaughtering their sons, while sparing their daughters. He was truly a corrupter. But We desired to favor those who were oppressed in the land, and to make them leaders, and to make them the inheritors. And to establish them in the land; and to show Pharaoh, Hamaan, and their troops, the very thing they feared. We inspired the mother of Moses: “Nurse him; then, when you fear for him, cast him into the river, and do not fear, nor grieve; We will return him to you, and make him one of the messengers.” Pharaoh’s household picked him up, to be an opponent and a sorrow for them. Pharaoh, Hamaan, and their troops were sinners. Pharaoh’s wife said, “An eye's delight for me and for you. Do not kill him; perhaps he will be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” But they did not foresee. The heart of Moses’ mother became vacant. She was about to disclose him, had We not steadied her heart, that she may remain a believer. She said to his sister, “Trail him.” So she watched him from afar, and they were unaware. We forbade him breastfeeding at first. So she said, “Shall I tell you about a family

that can raise him for you, and will look after him?” Thus We returned him to his mother, that she may be comforted, and not grieve, and know that God’s promise is

true. But most of them do not know.

(Passage taken from The Quran -

Central religious text of Islam)