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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

Jahangir, whose sister, Afsana, attends Mercy School, decided to join in the project by painting the name "Giver of Justice." Jahangir painted flames and flowers in warm tones of red, yellow and white to depict "the opposite ends of justice," she said.

"It's how I interpret the meaning of that word," Jahangir said.

Cheema said library visitors have been pleased that the paintings are explained in English. One visitor told her, "I'm so happy that you have descriptions. It enlightens us more about Islam."

The library staff is dedicated to "providing information and knowledge of other cultures and traditions," said librarian Linda Temple. There have been "lots of positive reactions," she said.