ABOUT THE “READ WITH MEANING” PROJECT
Read With Meaning is a one man labour of love, started in 2010. It contains over 1000 illustrations of verses from the Holy Quran, constructed and photographed entirely by Mezba. It is the largest, most comprehensive blog for pictures depicting stories from the Holy Quran, translated and with exegesis, maintained entirely by Mezba. The website was awarded the prestigious Brass Crescent Award in 2011, winning in the Best New Blog category. Mezba’s work was featured in Muslimfest 2012 and 2013, a world renowned two-day exhibition in the Greater Toronto Area that celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The site has also been highlighted in various blogs and publications such as Albawaba, AMuslima, Godbricks, Iqra.ca, Khaleejesque, MuslimMatters, Philosufi, The Purple Journal and Muslimness.
WHY PORTRAY THE HOLY QURAN WITH TOYS?
I did this primarily for two groups.
One, Muslims who usually just read the Noble Book in Arabic without understanding a word of what they are reciting by rote. Primarily kids, who are taught from an early age that it is more important to read the Holy Quran than to understand it. They seem to have taken the first revealed word – “Read” – a little too literally! It’s hard to get kids to read, so with a visual aid perhaps they would be more interested in finding out the meaning of the words behind their prayers.
Second, for people who may not read the Holy Quran at all, such as non-Muslims. Many have a negative impression of Muslims in general, and I hope this site, with the words of God visually represented, helps in them seeing what we hold holy in a better light.
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