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Photos from the Launch of Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore

Last weekend we had an amazing time launching Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore.

My legs are still sore standing for 3 days at the event.

But it’s a good kind of pain :-)

This year’s Comic Con Bangalore was in a different venue compared to 2 years, and there was an entry fee, so we were not sure how many would attend.

But the turn out was overwhelming at times! It’s one of the biggest exhibition events that takes place in the city every year.

Not only did we get to meet friends who bought the first two books & came for getting the 3rd book. We also got to introduce Sufi Comics to a whole new audience.

This year international guests were invited to speak at the event, including Sana Amanat, the writer of Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan.

At times working on a book can be a very lonely process, but events like Comic Con make up for it!

A special thanks to all our friends who made it to the event. Kazim, Shrabonti, Noreen, Som, Nakheer, Zawahir, Jaffer, Waseem, Dr Mateen, Syed Akbar, Priti & Srikant.

Check out the photographs below:

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In the Media:

Thanks to the journalists who wrote about us:

Times of India

Deccan Herald

The National

Blogs:

… and the wonderful bloggers:

Fahad Kadri

Muhammad Baqir Sadiq

Sayed Khadri

Mohammed Khan

Hussein Rashid

Shahirah Elaiza

Zeenat Merchant-Syal

Where to get the books?

Click on the links below:

40 Sufi Comics

The Wise Fool of Baghdad

Rumi

What’s the next book?

Top Secret! But you’ll be the first to know :-)

We’ll announce our next project in the coming weeks. Till then we’ll be continuing the short Sufi Comics web comic series on our blog.

Meet us at the Launch of Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore

 

comic con rumi poster

We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.

We’re launching Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore!

The only way we were able to complete this book was because we had committed to launching the book at Comic Con Bangalore. :-)

We’re just in time. In fact the books are getting printed as I write this post.

Every event organized by Comic Con India is very exciting for us. We get to interact with our readers directly, and also meet to new ones!

By coming to the event, you’ll be the first group to get your hands on our latest book “Sufi Comics Rumi”, and have them signed by the authors and artists.

I’ll be there along with Arif, Rahil, Tanzil & Abdul Gafur.  Do drop by to say “hello!”

Comic Con Bangalore is taking place over 3 days. The 12, 13 & 14 of September. We’ll be there all 3 days.

Our Presentation on Rumi will be on 14th of September at 12 pm.

You can book your tickets online.

Here are some photographs from previous Comic Cons:

 

[Reflection] Eman Eid on the blessings taken for granted and the treasure of contentment

Sufi Comics - The Headache
Sufi Comics – The Headache

Have you ever found yourself taking for granted the simple blessings in life? Sufficient food, clean water, education, or even a roof over our heads. The month of Ramadan was a month to rethink, revalue and reflect on one’s blessings. As we bid farewell to the month of Ramadan for another year, Eman Eid reflects on these blessings in life and what we can learn from the challenges we face.

This Sufi Comic: The Headache, made me realize how great our life really is. It describes how a man has a bad headache and how he questions why God has done this to him. But what he doesn’t take into consideration is how God has kept him well for 30 years, still he hasn’t thanked Him for doing so. Instead the man complains rather than thanking God for all He does for him.

In today’s society we are often blinded by other peoples luxuries that we cannot see and be thankful for what we have. We complain over small things when others would kill to live the way we do. We complain because we don’t have the best clothes, yummiest food, or even that we might have the most homework. What we don’t realize is that some people are less fortunate than we are and might not even have clothes on their back, or food to eat, or even a book to read. We are showered with treasures and only crave more.

How foolish we are that we complain and never even stop to think that we have it all and should be thankful for all we have. God has given us so much and if only we can realize that He does what He does for the benefit of us. We might go through situations that seem unfair and we ask God why has He done this to us but it is actually to cure us. Read more

Watch Muqtar Ahmed inscribe Calligraphy for the Rumi Book (Photos + Video)

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Rumi’s greatest work, the Masnavi has more than two thousand references to the Qur’an.  It is a volume of work that is deeply attached to it & is often referred to as the poetic Commentary of the Qur’an.

So when working on the Sufi Comics – Rumi book, we included references to the verses of the Qur’an on the same theme as the poem.  This would allow the reader to discover a more authentic meaning to the poem.

These days the lettering in a book is almost always done using computer fonts. But we didn’t want to use Arabic fonts to present the verses.

So we asked Muqtar Ahmed, to inscribe the verses of the Qur’an & sayings from the Islamic traditions for the book.  He’s the only calligrapher in India to have received a third level Diploma (equal to a masters degree) from Istanbul based Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture.

It’s a treat just to watch him write. As his reed stick touches the paper, the divine words appear in it’s most beautiful forms.

Have a look at the photographs & video clips I took of him inscribing calligraphy for the book.

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A Sneak Peek of the Rumi Origins Story

On September 30 1207 a boy was born to Bahā ud-Dīn Walad and Mu’mina Khātūn, in the City of Balkh in Afghanistan.

Little did they know what extraordinary and influential personality, the boy would grow up to be.

There is no question that Rumi has inspired and influenced millions of people across the world with his spiritual legacy. His writings about the spiritual journey have resonated with people from all walks of life, transcending national, cultural and ethnic borders.

But how did Rumi become Rumi? What were the events in his life that caused an out pour of such spiritual wisdom?

We didn’t just want to include Rumi’s poems in the book, but also introduce his renowned character behind the universal pearls of wisdom.

Below you can find out the answers by reading his story in thumbnails.

The final artwork will be in the book. Do let us know what you think!

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What Rumi Can Teach Us About Inner Peace (Even If Your World Is Crashing Down)

Rumi Inner Peace

You look at it with pride.

Your first car.

A shiny, new Toyota.

You love everything about it. The shimmering silver colour. The smell of newness. Even the lights inside seem
special.

You take your car out on your first drive. You cruise down the neighbourhood. A big smile on your face. Life is sooo good. But, all of a sudden you hear the sound of friction against the side of your new car.

OMG! Your new car just got horribly scratched.

Before you can stop the driver of the other car, it zooms away.

You feel wrecked inside. Almost violated.

How could this have happened?

You’re depressed the whole day. Instead of celebrating your new car, you feel rage. How could that person scratch your new car?

You think to yourself, “Why me? Why is the world against me?”

Have you ever felt like this? Read more