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Young Muslim Artists: My Daughters Journey

This is the first in a series of posts about the young Muslim artists in our family. We are so grateful for the help they have given us with The Islamic Phonics Readers Series. May Allah continue to guide them on the straight path.

 

I passed on my love of art to my daughter Khadijah, which was passed down to me from my mom. I have so many fond memories of us drawing cute little houses with puffs of black smoke coming from the chimney. There was always a sun, clouds and colorful flowers on the lawn.

A picture my daughter drew when she was a little girl.

When I see the same images in my daughter’s old drawing books, I’m reminded of my mom and the special times we spent together. A feeling of love and gratitude sweeps over me. It’s a very sweet feeling indeed. Thanks Ummie. <3

I have watched my baby grow into the very talented young artist that she is today. I was her first teacher, but she quickly surpassed my humble abilities as an artist, so we began to put her in various drawing classes. Khadijah has taken many fine arts classes, to name a few; Little Artists, the Kroc Center’s painting class, and her classes at her charter school. She is also self-taught, learning a great deal from YouTube tutorials and art books we bought and checked out from the library. With each passing year, her skill has become more and more refined. She seems to be more determined than ever to make her dream of becoming a successful freelance artist a reality.

 

A more recent work of art by my daughter.

 

The following is a compilation of my Khadijah’s art. I started with pictures drawn by her when she was about 5 years old and ended with her more recent work. It’s cool to be able to look back and see the progress she’s made over the years. She has never given up. When something was difficult for her, she just kept trying until she got it the way she wanted it. I’m inspired by her unwavering passion and perseverance. I believe she has a very bright future ahead of her, Inshallah.

Khadijah has attended several art classes, won 3 art contests and has illustrating 1 children’s book and is currently working on her second.

Jamila is a homeschool mom, author, blogger, entrepreneur and sometimes gardener.

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