Posted by: Dawud Israel | June 15, 2008

Dawah Paste

Street art of Sh. Ahmadou Bamba, founder of the Sufi Mouride Tariqa in Senegal

You’ve probably seen something like this before. Often you’ll come across a piece of artwork in a random place in the street, the subway, at a bus stop and any other place where people may look.

Artists will do this and it’s most common among activists (usually anarchists) to do stuff like this. Usually to promote a message or an event. Graffiti is related to it as well- but these pieces are not drawn onto a wall–these are pieces of paper pasted onto flat surfaces. And it’s not done by a glue stick or school glue–no something like this requires a bit more expertise.

Wheat paste is the sticky solution that makes these pieces of art adhere to street walls for months, weeks and even years through sun, rain and snow. They may eventually deteriorate but all-in-all it works out fine. It’s cheap, super-easy to make and is durable.

Now I want to apply this old concept to street dawah art. I have a few artistic pieces I could try out with this and I’m sure you have come across something on the Internet that you wish you could have posted up somewhere so non-Muslims could think about it.

You can find a recipe for wheat paste HERE and get started on making your own wheat paste and posting up your own Dawah Art around your city! 😀

NOTE: I don’t know the legality of this–each country differs from what I can tell. So it’s best to check around your community. I have a strong feeling most will shy away and that depends on each person’s sensibilities.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


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