artist Mor Gueye paints, he doesn’t paint his pictures on wood or canvas
walls. Instead Mor Gueye paints on glass. Using bright paints, he depicts
of Africa, miracles performed by Bamba, scenes from the Qur’an (some
of which are
shared with Christians via the Old Testament) and other subjects. Much
of his work, though, centers on Islamic people, Islamic life, and Islamic
he was young he had a dream about Amadu Bamba and since then he often
saint the subject of his art. The many miracles of Bamba are among his
more common paintings.
Before beginning an Amadu Bamba painting Mor Gueye says a prayer, and
he hopes that
people who buy his paintings will also think of the saint and be blessed.
of a boy learning the holy Qur’an. On this glass painting a boy carries
a prayer board covered with sacred scripture while more writings surround
his feet. Most children in Senegal attend Islamic schools where they
learn to recite and write verses from the holy Qur’an. What are the
many ways that you might learn the moral and religious teachings of
your faith? What roles can visual images play in your religious education?
might this work be placed?