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Islamic Art Feature: Return of Green Street Graffiti

Some of you may have already heard of the amazing talents of Muslim graffiti artist, Muḥammad Ali, aka Aerosol Arabic. Having travelled the world to paint his inspiring murals, he finally got around to visiting London today, in order to makeover the previously bland wall of the ZamZam store, which is situated in the busy, desi, shopping district of Green Street, in the city's East End.

Outside the ZamZam Store

Outside the ZamZam Store

The event – sponsored by the charity, Muslim Hands – kicked off late this morning, in spite of the looming threat of rain. By the time I arrived on the scene at 1pm, a large part of the mural's foundation had already been sprayed on:

Ilm

Ilm

After returning only a couple of hours later, a lot more detail and colour had been added; it was really coming to life, māshā'Allāh:

Knowledge

Knowledge

It's a shame that I couldn't stick around to see the finished product… though I guess it'll be available for viewing a while longer, inshā'Allāh! :)

Click on the thumbnails below to see more pics of the event:

Spoken Word Mohammed Ali at Work Mohammed Ali at Work Harold Rd Waiting Up Close
Working Hard Pink Boy Forehead Watching Kn...
Men at Work Resting Spent H I did it!

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Mehzabeen (iMuslim) is a UK born n' bred sister of Gujarati Indian descent. She has spent a good chunk of her life trying to scrape together a formal education in the Biological Sciences, and in 2008, was awarded a doctorate for research conducted at Imperial College London, masha'Allah. Her interests include all things Apple Mac, all things chocolate-based, and all things Islam (not necessarily in that particular order). Other online projects include iMuslim.tv, SignLabs.org, and the Muslim Bloggers Directory.

7 comments

  1. LIVE from the Mohammed Ali (Aerosol Arabic) / Muslim Hands Green Street Graffiti and Poetry event, East London Tawheed Is Unity Television style. If you like it, then please share.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPDtOGbo_c

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  2. QUALITY I really like this, Im not 1 for adding links in my replies but this reminds me of some similar stuff by graffiti artist “SER” at http://www.hire-a-graffiti-artist.co.uk there are a few more good graffiti artists on the site called Graffiti Kings that graffiti bedrooms, night clubs & everything else lol.

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  3. I never liked graffiti art

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  4. I like graffiti art and I like the work he has done.

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