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Mor Gueye
When the artist Mor Gueye paints, he doesn’t paint his pictures on wood or canvas or plaster walls. Instead Mor Gueye paints on glass. Using bright paints, he depicts animals, scenes 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 history. When he was young he had a dream about Amadu Bamba and since then he often makes the 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.

Mor Gueye
Painting 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?

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