Acrylics on paper

“The Prophet once saw a gold ring on a man’s hand. He immediately took it from him and threw it down saying, “Does a person pick up a piece of burning coal and hold it in his hand?””

According to Islamic doctrines, the use of gold for men has been banned. In general, any advised subject in Islam is useful for the body, and what is definitely forbidden for a man is definitely harmful for him. In her Gold series, Gaafar explores the relationship between sin (haram) and gender, and the intrinsic roots haram holds within the feminine body.


Gaafar rejoices in the haram of her own femininely-gendered, fat, hairy body in her Gold series, and continues to allude to her Egyptian heritage by painting in gold tones - gold being highly revered in the Arab world as an expensive gift for women, and the Middle East being the world’s largest source and the second largest market for gold.