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Midwest City Library displays paintings from Muslim school

Arabic calligraphy, artwork illustrate Muslim names of God.
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Modified: September 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm •  Published: September 1, 2010

The assignment: create a painting featuring one of the 99 Muslim names of God in Arabic calligraphy.

Some of the results from the students at Oklahoma City's Muslim Mercy School are on display through Sept. 12 in the lobby of the Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno.

The display includes English translations of the calligraphy, said Tehmina Cheema, the Mercy School art teacher who created the assignment.

Some of the paintings are by adult artists, including Cheema. Cheema's goal is to install a display of all 99 names at Mercy School, 14001 N Harvey.

The newly opened school, with students in prekindergarten through grade 10, will add two more grades later, Cheema said.

There was a bit of competition among students over which of the 99 names to paint, Cheema said. Seven or eight students wanted to paint their favorite name, "The Most Generous."

One of the largest paintings in the display is an acrylic by Farzana Jahangir, 24, who is studying at University of Central Oklahoma to be a physician's assistant.

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