O people! Worship your Lord, Who has created you and those before you, so that you may become pious. Who has appointed the earth a resting-place for you, and the sky a canopy; and caused water to pour down from the sky, thereby producing fruits as food for you. And do not set up rivals to God when you know (better). Holy Quran 2:21-22
The gift of the Aga Khan Garden symbolizes the hope, peace and unity that can come when people interact with each other amidst the beauty and inspiration of nature. The garden reflects the Aga Khan’s belief in pluralism, openness and inclusion.
Honestly, behind every piece of art I work on, specially His Highness Aga Khan’s portraits I create, the work of Imamat and Quran in general are the driving forces and sources of inspiration that gives me strength to put extra hours for completion.
I live in Calgary and drive to Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton is about 6 hours for me. I decided to go on a long drive because, I wanted to capture the beauty of Aga Khan Garden, and to set an atmosphere for ART and NATURE admirers to feel that ambience so they can sense the true peace in their hearts when they view my video.
Sami Yusuf’s song “Jaaneh Jaanan” which means “My Beloved” with its deep and soulful music completed the purpose of my project.
I would also like to acknowledge Alkarim Samji for his help with the video shoot.
Walid Ehssan (http://www.weheartist.com/)