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O People, 2009
Arabic Sulus script
This limited edition lithograph was designed exclusively to commemorate a work of Mohamed Zakariya's calligraphy originally commissioned (link to press release) by U.S. President Barack Obama as a gift to King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia on June 3, 2009. O People is the first of Mohamed Zakariya's works in a print medium. It is also the first limited edition lithograph to be created by a major Muslim-American artist, and the only work of Islamic calligraphy to be transformed by this traditional printmaking process. The text represented on the piece is taken from the Qur'ran (Surah 49:Ayah 13). The English translation of this text reads, " O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you many recognize one another. The noblest among you in Godâ€™s sight is the most conscientious of you. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware."