Peace and cake for one and all!!!
*Passes the cake to yumigawa to give it to the rest of the group*
I pray that all of you are well!
I have some amazing news to tell you...or probably not because I will be talking about me!
At London’s Grosvenor House, I attended the Twelfth Muslim News Awards for Excellence – Britain’s longest standing Muslim awards event. The coveted award ceremony recognises the very best of Muslim contribution to British society.
The ceremony was attended by civic and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the worlds of politics, business, sport and the arts, to honour unsung heroes and heroines of the community.
While you are reading this you probably guessed where I am going with this....and what you are thinking is correct - Your friendly neighbourhood artist won the Alhambra Award for Excellence in Arts!!!
This came as a total surprise and I was completely speechless. Tthe best part is that I didn’t bribe anyone to win the award. The worst part is that I had to make a speech in front of everyone including the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. I didn’t have a speech ready, so I just spoke from the heart and prayed that I didn’t say anything stupid.
The UK Prime Minister congratulated me on my work and the importance of serving as a role model and a mentor for the youth. I was disappointed that the special guest was him and not the Prince of Wales.
Now I am going to move on to the most important part of this journal....
I’ll try not to get emotional but I want to take this moment to thank the people who watch me.
I don't want to get too big headed but I think my talent has been a blessing from Allah (God). I know many people aren't religious but this is my belief and I don't ask you to believe the same, but it wouldn't sit right in my own heart if I didn't say that first off. As a result, I thank Him for any shred of talent I have and hope that I use it to its best capacity and improve on it throughout my lifetime.
I would also like to really thank you guys!!!
You guys have really helped me improve as an artist. All of your comments, feedback and critiques, have shaped into a better artist. So thank you for that. I read everyone’s comment and listen to anyone who provides criticism. I would love to shout out some names but you guys know who you are!
The positive feedback and encouragement I have received from you guys, has pushed me forward with my work and skill. It has made me feel like someone out there actually likes my art for what it is or isn't.
I want to give a big thanks to the haters...they helped me build a thicker skin. So every time I get some negative feedback, I won’t spend time curled up into a ball and crying my eyes out!
I think at the end of the day I have no guarantee as to how long I will live, and if I have a chance I would rather have died trying to do my own thing than not trying at all.
Due to your ongoing support I am giving away this artwork for free as a gift to you guys. Print it off, frame it and stick it up wherever you like:
With a large group of followers and 3 daily deviation already received, I hope to do more with you guys.
So thank you and I hope you keep watching me!
Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you!
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