This Saudi Artist’s Iconic Painting Hauntingly Captures an Empty Grand Mosque at Mecca

A few days ago, Nabila Abuljadayel, a Saudi artist, shared a unique painting with her followers. Following which the painting received high praise for its accurate reflection of the empty Grand Mosque in Mecca, once buzzing with worshippers.

The painting is called “Isjod wa Iqtareb”, meaning Prostrate and Draw Near, with only one worshipper kneeling in front of the holy mosque.

Nabila is known to paint mostly Saudi-related cultural and humanitarian paintings, and in 2018, she was announced Goodwill Ambassador for King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The Grand Mosque was closed by the Kingdom’s authorities, as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19.

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