If an artist such as Nahid, who is oblivious to the theoretical implications of her 'square' in relationship to Western Modernism, and uses the square as a symbol of her intuitive response to the Kaa'ba
, and 'decorates' it with unrestrained love (creative energy), then that is the social context in which the work demands to be read.
The Muslims consider the Kaa'ba
to be the centre of the Islamic world and every pious act, particularly prayer, is directed towards it.
Only recently, extensive fourteenth-century structures around the Kaa'ba
at Mecca were demolished, without protest, to provide better facilities for pilgrims.
On the wall would have been photographs of the King and the Kaa'ba
, and an elaborate calligraphic rendering of the Bas'm'Allah in a gilded frame.
Specifically, he said that the judges of the honorable Supreme Court are like the idols that were placed in the Holy Kaa'ba
; and that the people (of Jaranwala) should help Nawaz Sharif throw these 'PCO-idols' out from our cathedrals of justice, much like they were thrown out of the Kaa'ba
(fourteen hundred years ago).
Ahmed Mater Aseeri's three-dimensional work on Kaa'ba
constructed from tiny iron filings and magnets challenged the received visual representation of holy places.