Bliss or Misery, Omar Khayyam Poetryby Amro Zoabe
Bliss or Misery is a stanza from the famous Rubayyat of famous Islamic Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, Omar Khayyam.
Omar Khayyam عمر خیّام; was born on the 18th of May 1048 and passed away on the 4th of December 1131. Omar Khayyam was born in an area north-eastern of the historical land of Persia, in a city called Nishapur, now modern day Razavi Khorasan Province in Iran. Omar Khayyam was a multi-talented man. He was a poet, a mathematician, a philosopher, and an astronomer. He shined the most during the Seljuks state, close to the time of the First Crusade.
In astronomy, his works where highlighted through his development of the Jalali calendar. The Jalali calendar is a solar calendar using an incredibly focused 33-year intercalation cycle. His calendar was used as the basis for the Persian calendar that is still around after almost a millennium. In mathematics, two of his most known works are his contribution to the understanding of the parallel axiom as well as providing geometric solutions of cubic equations. In poetry, Omar Khayyam's quatrains (rubāʿiyāt رباعیات) came as a definition of Persian poetry.
The Persian calligraphy writing "بر لوح’ نشانِ بودنى ها بوده ست. بيوسته قلم ز نيكـ وبد فرسوده ست در روزِ ازل هر آنجه بايِست، بداد. غم خوردن و كوشيدنِ ما بيهود ست" has a literal translation of "Twas writ at first, whatever was to be, By pen, unheeding bliss or misery, Yea, writ upon the tablet once for all, To grieve or strive is all but vanity." In a more simplified English, it means: "On the eternal day, we as human beings have been given all the things we need to live on the earth. Thus, we should not envy things we don’t have since those things are ingrained in our existence. We only need to find them."
This design was suggested by Helen Righton, an appreciator of Persian literature.
Arabic and Persian writing are usually viewed with suspicion and fear as many people associate them unjustifiably with terrorism. Thus, through showing the beauty of Arabic and Persian writing and Arabic and Persian calligraphy via printing them on hippie T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, canvas, tote cotton bags, and mouse pads; we hope to change the perception of Arabic and Persian writing towards admiration and appreciation.
Don't Spoil the Soilby Amro Zoabe
Don't Spoil the Soil! is inspired by the saddening degradation of the soil cover worldwide.
Soil all around the world, is having its quality compromised through loss of valuable chemicals and organic materials, change is physical structure, drought, and erosion. This leads to the soil being less fertile, as the upper layer of soil is disappearing. Needless to say, the ecosystem suffers greatly, and thus humans suffer as a consequence, but also as a causing factor.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "لا تفسدوا التربة" was the literal translation of the phrase "Don't Spoil the Soil!". This call to "inaction" for people to stop the harmful practices that damage the soil including unregulated farming, mining, and unplanned developments. The use of small, growing plant, symbolises the life force captured and provide to Earth by the soil.
Palestine Designby Amro Zoabe
The Palestine design was inspired by the never-ending perseverance of the Palestinian identity in the many faces of injustices throughout history.
Palestine is a beautiful nation with a lot of history and ever-lasting cultural influence on the Levant region. Palestine has many landmarks including Al-Aqsa Mosque, Abraham (Al-Ibrahimi) Mosque, Old City, Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Nativity, Great Mosque of Gaza, Mosque of Prophet Yunus, Great Mosque of Nablus, Mar Saba Monastery, Tomb of the Prophet Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, Hisham's Palace, Underground Passages and Necropolis Under City of David, Tell Umm El'Amr, Herodium (Herod's Palace), Dome of the Chain, Milk Grotto, Mount of Temptation Monastery, The Church of St. Catherine, Sanctuary Bethlehem, Dar Zahran Heritage Building, Cave of St. Jerome, Hisham's Palace, Aida Camp, Tomb of Rachel (Kever Rachel), Star Street, Carmel of the Holy Child Jesus, Cave of the Patriarchs, The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos, Gush Etzion Heritage Centre, Jacob's Well, Zaccheus' Tree, Tel es-Sultan, Nabi Musa, The Good Samaritan Museum, Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt), Mosque of Omar, Masjid-el-Khalil Mosque, Shepherd's Sanctuary, Genesis Land, Ancient Shiloh (Tel Shiloh), Cremisan Monastery, Mansour House, Campo dei Pastori, Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue, Susya - National Heritage Site, Great Mosque of Gaza, Mosque of Prophet Yunus, Great Mosque of Nablus, Al Khader Church, Churuch of St. Lazarus, Yasser Arafat Square, Balm of Gilead Farm - Biblical Agricultural Revived, Tower of David, Western Wall Tunnel, City of David, Timna Park, Walls of Jerusalem, Caesarea National Park, Qumran National Park, Ben-Gurion House, Al-Jazzar Mosque, Carda, Bethesda, Nimrod Fortress National Park, Christ Church Jerusalem, Palmach Museum, Monument of the Negev Brigade, Solomon's Pools, Bible Lands Museum, Antonia Fortress, Khirbet Kerak, Museum of Underground Prisoners, Tell Balata, The Biyar Aqueduct, St. Mary Church for Greek Orthodox, Annunciation Latin Parish, Saint Nicholas Church, Mount Eival, Beitillu Nature Reserve, Aor Hbib Synagogue, Nablus Old City, Syriac Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mark, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mary's Tomb, Church of Saint Porphyrius, and Chapel of Saint Helena.
Influential cities of Palestine include: Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Bethlehem, Gaza, Ramallah, Al-Khalil (Hebron), Nablus, Tulkarm, Jenin, Al-Naseryyah (Nazareth), Tiberias, Akka (Acre), Haifa, Al-Khadayrah (Hadera), Netanya, Yafa, Ashdod, Rafah, Khan Yunis, BeerSheba (Be'er Sheva), Qalqilya, Bet Shemesh, Ramla, and Lod.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "فلسطين" is the Arabic Translation of "Palestine". The map used is the complete map of Palestine including the Golan Heights. The stamp is designed by Levant 2 Australia owner and symbolises the Palestinian diaspora. The background of the stamp is a Palestinian Koufiyah (type of scarf) that in itself has a lot of symbolism. The intersecting central lines represent the fishnets Palestinian people use to fish. The wavy surrounding lines, represent the agricultural practices of the people. The fist represent the struggle for justice that Palestinians have been undergoing for centauries.
Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity!by Amro Zoabe
Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity! is inspired by the importance and contribution of bees into the Earth's biodiversity.
Bees contribute in so many ways to the health of the environment and the ecosystems. Bees are pollinators, and thus they help the growth of flowers, trees and many other plants. This green cover is needed to capture Carbon in the atmosphere. Bees role as a connector between complex ecosystems, positions them as an invaluable asset to the environment. Many bee populations are at risk of extensions due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Through saving their natural habitat, we maintain a healthy bee population and thus a healthier environment.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "انقذوا النحل، حافظوا على التنوع الحيوي" was the literal translation of the phrase "Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity!". This encouragement to take better care of the environment that provide bees with a home. The bee in the design, represent the different type of bees in the world.
Ditch Plastic! - Turtle Designby Amro Zoabe
The Ditch Plastic! - Turtle Design is inspired by the suffering that animals undergo from humans' plastic waste.
Every year, humans produce millions of tons in plastic that inevitably end up in the oceans, creating a garbage island bigger than France. This plastic takes centauries to biodegrade if at all, meaning that animals over generations would struggle with it. Many animals get stuck in plastic bags, straws, and caps. The pictures showing the extend of pain and deformity that these animals go through are extremely heart-breaking. Microplastics as well enter the food chain of both animals and humans leading to many health problems.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "تخل عن البلاستيك" was the literal translation of the phrase "Ditch plastic". This encouragement to reduce or even fully stop the use of plastic products, aims to reduce the human waste and protect the environment. The turtle in the design, represent the animals that suffer from our plastic waste, as many pictures and videos of turtles stuck in plastic were circulated around the internet, becoming a symbol for marine life suffering.
Beirut, the heart of Lebanon - Cedar Designby Amro Zoabe
Beirut, the heart of Lebanon - Cedar Design is inspired by the beautiful city of Beirut and Lebanon in general.
Beirut is a beautiful city with a lot of history and diverse population. It is the capitol of Lebanon, the country of heritage for many Australians. Beirut has many landmarks including: National Museum of Beirut, Sursock Museum, Hamra, Mohammad AlAmin Mosque, Gouraud, Zaituna Bay, Martyrs' Square, Corniche Beirut, Raouche Rocks, Verdun St, Saint George Maronite Cathedral, AlOmari Grand Mosque, Sanayeh, Beit Beirut - Museum and Urban Cultural Center, MIM Mineral Museum, Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Badaro, Place de l'Étoile, Sursock Palace, American University of Beirut Museum, Roman Bath Vestiges, Villa Audi Mosaic Museum, Beirut Luna Park, Downtown Beirut, Ramlet Al Baida Beirut Lebanon, Dalloul Art Foundation, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, AUB Beach, Maghen Abraham Synagogue, La Maison Rose, Musée de la Préhistoire Libanaise, Prince Monzer - Mosque, Saint Elias and Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Cathedral, Marfa' contemporary art gallery, Mzaar Ski Resort kfardebiane Jonction slop, Corniche El Manara, St Elias Greek Catholic Cathedral, Mansour Assaf - Mosque, St. Maroun Maronite Catholic Church, Saint Louis Cathedral of the Capuchin Fathers, Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Crypt Museum, Heneine palace, St George Rmeil - Greek Orthodox Church, Roman Cardo Maximus, Roman Baths, The Archaeological Museum, Saint Nichan Armenian Orthodox Cathedral, Al-Abed Clock Tower, Ziade Palace, Rene Mouawad Park, Bustros Palace, Sassine Square, St. Elie - Church, Salah El Dine - Mosque, Rashed Al Houri - Mosque, St. Nshan - Church, Omar Bin Abd El-aziz - Mosque, Al Sultan Mohammad Al Fateh - Mosque, Casino du Liban, Lebanon Mountain Trail Association, Holy See of Cilicia, Aïshti Foundation, St Savior Church, Jelly Beans Park, Mar Antonios al Kabir, The Silk Museum - Bsous, Mar Abda - Church, Deir el kalaa, and Cilicia Museum.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "بيروت، قلب لبنان" was the literal translation of of the phrase "Beirut, the heart of Lebanon". Lebanon is a very diverse country with a rich history. Beirut summarises the diversity and history in one place. The Lebanese cedar tree was used as a unique symbol of Lebanon that transcends politics and religion.
Ocean Spirit, Whale Designby Amro Zoabe
The Ocean Spirit, Whale Design is inspired by the ongoing dangers facing our oceans and the human impact on the health of the ocean overall and the ecosystem within them.
Humans' agricultural and industrial activities result waste that goes through water streams to the oceans. This waste comes in many forms including plastic, chemical, and metals. Fish and other living organisms suffer greatly and gradually drift towards extension. Not just waste that harms the oceans; extensive fishing and whaling contributes to the struggles in the oceans. I strongly believe that humans have the moral responsibility to protect and rehabilitate the ocean.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "لنحمي محيطاتنا" was the literal translation of "Let's protect our oceans". The whale and flower symbolises the beauty of the ocean and its creatures.
The Land of the Sunset, Maghreb Designby Amro Zoabe
The Land of the Sunset, Maghreb Design is inspired by the rich history and the diversity of the Maghreb region in northwest Africa.
The Maghreb region compromises of seven nations, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, State of Libya, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Tunisia, and Western Sahara. The Maghreb region is filled with culturally-rich landmarks including: Koutoubia Mosque, Tassili n'Ajjer National Park, The Great Mosque of Tlemcen, Beni Hammad Fort, The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Borj Nord, Dar Hussein, Al-Zaytuna Mosque, The Todgha Gorges, Kasbah Museum, Royal Mausoleum of Tourbet el Bey, Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, Monument of the Martyr, Ouzoud Falls, Kasbah des Caids, The Temple Beth-El (Jewish synagogue in Casablanca), The Ribat of Monastir, El Ghriba synagogue, Le Jardin Secret, The Museum of Marrakech, The Agdal Gardens, Bab Agnaou, Dar Ben Abdallah, The Madrasa of Abu al-Hasan, The Menara Gardens, The Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Almoravid Koubba, Dar Jamai Museum, Kasbah Square, Dar Lasram, Lahdim Square, Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul, Aben Danan Synagogue, Hassan Tower, Castelo Real of Mogador, Dar Batha, Saadien's Tombs, Bou Inania Madrasa, Nejjarine Fondouk, Jemaa el-Fna, Bardo National Museum, Chellah, El Badii Palace, Bahia Palace, Al Attarine Madrasa, Kasbah of the Udayas, The son of Joseph School, Hassan II Mosque, Jardin Majorelle, and The Atlas Mountains.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "بلاد المغرب" means literally "Maghreb" which is an Arabic terms that refers to where the sun sets, or land of the sunset. As historically, the Maghreb region was as far west as the Arabic-speaking civilisations could travel, and hence the name originated. The sunset drawing is used to communicate the meaning further. The man in the picture is wearing a traditional Maghreb outfit that suits the diverse landscapes of the region.
The Emerald City, Sydney Designby Amro Zoabe
The Emerald City, Sydney Design is inspired by the biggest city and cultural centre of Australia, the city of Sydney.
Sydney is a beautiful city with a lot of history and diverse population, that represents the spirit of Australia as a proud multicultural country that is build on fair go and egalitarianism. Sydney has many landmarks including The Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney Tower Eye, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Observatory, Powerhouse Museum, Bondi Beach, Milk Beach, Manly Beach, Manly Dam, The Blue Mountains, The National Maritime Museum, Spit Bridge, Hyde Park Barracks, Art Gallery of New South Wales, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kings Cross, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Bobbin Head, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Government House Sydney, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, ANZAC War Memorial, Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Jewish Museum, Great Synagogue, Luna Park, Macquarie Street, St. James Church, Hillsong Church Hills Campus, Parramatta, George Street, Sydney Cenotaph, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Central Railway Station, Taronga Zoo, Anzac Bridge, and Fort Denison.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "سيدني, مدينة الزمرد" was the translation of Sydney's nickname, "The Emerald City". This nickname comes in relation to the famous play "Emerald City" and the Oz books. To find out more about the history of the nickname, visit the website: https://theculturetrip.com/pacific/australia/articles/why-sydney-is-also-known-as-the-emerald-city/
The Justice Seeker, Revolution Designby Amro Zoabe
The Justice Seeker, Revolution Design is inspired by the spirit of change and desire for justice that is the zeitgeist around the world.
The word "Revolution" is sometimes associated with negative connotations due to the violence and instability that may accompany revolutions. Yet, it is important to remember that most if not all of the rights that we enjoy nowadays and that we consider to be the default were fought for either through peaceful protest or otherwise. Injustice takes many takes many forms, it can be misogyny and sexism, it can be racism and discrimination, it can be colonialism and greed, it can be silencing the free speech. The owner of Levant 2 Australia, had livid in Syria during the first two years of the Syrian Revolution. Regardless of how powerful the "bad guys" are, justice must be served eventually.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "ثورة ضد الظلم" was translated literally into "Revolution against injustice". The injustice is deliberately left ambiguous in the design, as the owner of each individual item would apply their understanding to what the injustice is.
The Peace Spreader, Flower Designby Amro Zoabe
The Peace Spreader, Flower Design is inspired by the teachings of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
The Hadith (teaching) reflects the value of spreading peace through verb and action. The standard greeting in Islam is Assalmu'alaikum "السلام عليكم" (Peace be upon you), is used in most contexts, formal and informal, when saying "Hi" and "Goodbye". Also, the peace greeting is the same grammatically regardless of age, gender, and class. In a world full of war and hate, it's nice to say to your fellow human "Peace be upon you".
The Arabic calligraphy writing "أفشوا السلام بينكم" was translated literally into "Spread peace among yourselves". This is part of a larger Hadith that states that one would only be a true believer, if they loved one another. To show that love, one must greet people with peace.
Aleppo, the White Cityby Amro Zoabe
Aleppo, the White City. design is inspired by the financial capital city of Aleppo in the Levant country of Syria.
Aleppo is a beautiful city with a lot of history and ever-expanding cultural influence on the Levant region. Aleppo has many landmarks including The Great Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo Citadel, Aleppo Museum, Syriac Catholic Church, The Public Park of Aleppo, Al-Faraj Gate, Al Adeliah Mosque, Maronite Church, Al-Halawiyah Madrasa, Beit Ghazaleh, Al Tawheed Mosque, Armenian Forty Martyrs Cathedral, Bab Al-Faraj Clock Tower, Al-Rahman Mosque, Al Ghazali Mosque, Al Saboun Caravanserai, Victory Gate, Maqam Gate, Red Gate, Al Siffahiah Mosque, Al Otrosh Mosque, Sabaa Bahrat Square, Sabeel Public Park, Antakya Gate, Saadallah Al-Jabri Square, Iron Gate, Al-Qiqan Mosque, Al-Snoubari Park, Al-Tawashi Mosque, Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), Aleppo Old City, Dead City of Serjilla, Aleppo Town Centre, Al Khosrofieh Mosque, Khan al Nahasin (Khan of Coppersmiths), Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, Ebla (5000 year old Amorit City), Villa Rose, and Turkish Bath (Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri).
The Arabic calligraphy writing "حلب الشهباء" was translated into "Aleppo, the White City". Aleppo is known for its white, antique and historical buildings built by stones from its white mountains that cover the horizon of the city. Aleppo truly captures the history of Syria and the Levant City like no other city does.
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