And in all things is a sign, that indicates to His Oneness.


Portrait of Edith Holden
Portrait of Edith Holden.

Unitarians recognise Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) as a Prophet and Saviour, in line with Muslim belief. It is very likely that Edith and her family were living in a period of ‘Ahlul Fatra’; a time between Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them), without having received the message of Islam. Edith’s spirituality shone through in her passion for nature, and spilled out onto the pages of her diary. A collection of her drawings, poems and short passages became a world-wide best-seller.

Close-up of irises painted by Edith Holden
Close-up of irises painted by Edith Holden.

She found beauty in every aspect of the English countryside, making notes and drawings of common trees, birds and fruits, without making the mistake of equating their commonness with a lack of specialness. Edith was an example of a person who reflected on the beautiful variation of creation, and its indication towards the Creator. God, in the Quran, encourages us to reflect on nature around us:

And the Earth, We spread it out, and cast therein firmly set mountains, and We have made to grow therein of all beautiful kinds; to give sign and as a reminder to every servant, who turns to God.

Quran 50:78

He causes to grow for you thereby herbage, and the olives, and the palm trees, and the grapes, and of all the fruits; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect.

Quran 16:11

He created the heavens without pillars, as you see them, and put mountains upon the Earth, lest it might convulse with you, and He spread it with animals of all kinds; and We sent down water from the clouds, then caused to grow therein (vegetation) of every noble kind.

Quran 31:10

The Olton Project is honoured to have collaborated with Solihull Council and Broomdasher, a six-voice acapella folk group from London, to host a celebration of Edith’s life, through poetry and song on Saturday 7th March 2019. Broomdasher have earned an outstanding reputation for their harmonies and recordings, and are part of the National Sound Archive at the British Library. The concert was a beautiful way of honouring Edith, The Olton Project’s past history, and a continued message of spirituality, through observation of the wondrous world around us.

They will be back in Olton, on Saturday 25th September 2021 – this time at our neighbour’s, St. Margaret’s Church. The Olton Project will be there to support the performance and celebrate Edith Holden’s 150th birthday. You can see footage of their performance at TOP, by clicking below: