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[Interview] Adil Imtiaz on creating Muslim Superhero ‘Buraaq’ and aim to introduce a new spin in the entertainment industry

Buraaq: The New Muslim Superhero
Buraaq: The New Muslim Superhero

Introduced in January 2011, Buraaq emerged on the scene as the new and unique Muslim superhero, ready to counteract negative perceptions of Muslims and make the world a better place. 

Buraaq is “Yusuf Abdallah” a regular guy who happens to be practicing Muslim. From his mission to tackle injustice in the world, his role as director of a large relief organisation, to his ability to fly, Buraaq does not fall short of incredible abilities and fascinating adventures.

So as the first ever Muslim Superhero by Muslim artists, how is Buraaq making his mark in the entertainment/news industry? 

I talk with talented co-founder and artist Adil Imtiaz, to answer all your burning questions. Adil’s life-long fascination in comic books and art, as well as witnessing negative portrayal of Islam/Muslims in the entertainment industry, triggered his inspiration to create Buraaq. Read on as he reveals the ultimate goal of his work, intriguing insights, plus exclusive secrets about seeing Buraaq on the big screen!

Brothers: Adil and Kamal Imtiaz
Brothers: Adil and Kamal Imtiaz

Tell us a few interesting facts about yourself? What are you passionate about?

“I’ve always enjoyed sketching and drawing. Especially comic book characters. Even as a kid in 5th grade, I used to draw my own stories and characters. Just a natural passion.

As a matter of fact, back then, I had drawn over 20 issues of a superhero series in a period of a few years. These were stories drawn on simple notebooks, and each notebook was an issue/episode.”

What inspired you to create Buraaq and why?

“Over the past few years, Kamil and I began to realize that the Muslim world did not have an alternative to the secular narrative and heroes produced by the entertainment industry.

In addition to that, there was a growing pattern in the mainstream media of portraying Islam and Muslims in a negative light. We thought there was a need to counter this, and the best way was to use our God given skills.”
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Get a Free Copy of ‘The Wise Fool’ Book on Amazon Kindle & Review for us!

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The Wise Fool of Baghdad: Available on Amazon Kindle for Free

Hands up if you have heard about The Wise Fool of Baghdad?

It is the second book from Sufi Studios containing a wonderful collection of amusing and insightful stories from the life of Bahlool Dana.

For the first time, the book is available on Amazon Kindle, and you can get it for free!

A quick favour

If you liked the book, it would be great if you could drop in a review on Amazon.com page. In today’s “recommendation age”, online reviews really help in spreading the word! The offer is available till 14th April 2014 – so grab it as soon as you can!

More about the book

The book is richly illustrated in the Turkish-Iranian miniature style, and each story followed by sacred verses of the Quran and traditional sayings inscribed in Arabic By Muqtar Ahmed, one of India’s finest Islamic calligraphers.

One of our readers shared this feedback after reading the book:

For those of us who have been brought up hearing the wonderful stories of Bahlool’s wisdom, this book truly brings them to life in a way unlike ever before. And for those who have not yet heard, trust me you are in for a treat. Reflect on what is inside, and I promise you, you will never think the same way again.

Check out some eye-catching snippets of the book here. What do you think?

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The book is richly illustrated in the Turkish-Iranian miniature style
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Each story is followed by sacred verses of the Quran and traditional sayings inscribed in Arabic

Spreading the word  

It would be great if you can forward, email, tweet or Facebook this amazon.com link so that your friends & family can also benefit from this offer.

Have you read and enjoyed the book already? Do drop a quick review and let us know what you think.

This offer ends on the 14th April 2014. Don’t miss out and get reviewing!

Thanks for your support! Till next time- keep smiling :)

 

[Reflection] Neda Hasni on why a Mothers Love is Undefinable

Neda Hasni reflects on Sufi Comic: Mother
Neda Hasni reflects on Sufi Comic: Mother

 

Neda Hasni reflects on the high status and role of a mother, explaining why a mother’s love is bar none. Inspired by the above Sufi Comic, Neda brings forth various narrations combined with her own feelings about treating a mother with utmost respect and honour. 

“If you have a mother, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.”

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “The look of a child towards his parents out of love for them is an act of worship.”

“Mother” whose love can never be replaced nor compared, Unconditional, filled with sacrifice, far beyond defining, one can never be thankful enough and understand the depth of a mothers love.

One should tremor even at the thought of causing discomfort in any form. Do every good that you can before it’s too late. Thank her by your words and good deeds. Thank Allah for being blessed with the bounty of a mother . The best Shukr one can do is become the person Allah wants us to be. The best form of happiness we can give to our mother is to improve ourselves and take our souls to a higher level of existence where it is satisfied with every decision of Allah.  Never ever lose an opportunity to serve her .

The above Sufi Comic reminds us of how much a mother does for her child and her importance in Islam, Her rights which we easily forget and always think we can recompense which is far beyond our imagination.

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Get Behind the Scenes and View the Final Pages of Sufi Comics Rumi!

It’s an exciting time in our journey of Sufi Comics Rumi. It’s time to reveal some sneak previews of the final pages, and get some exclusive insights from the members of the Sufi Comics team. This month we go behind the scenes on the production of the pages…

So who works on the production of the pages? Well, brother Mohammed Ali Vakil creates the template design of the page and selects the colors of the comics, then brother Abdul Gafur prepares all the pages based on the template designs and colors of the comics. Thereafter, brother Rahil will do the cover and back page of the book. The pages are created with Photoshop and also Corel Draw for the lettering of the text.

I had a chat with brother Ali about the process of production, why this style was selected, and any challenges or changes that may have gone into the process. From this, I learnt a lot about what goes into the process of production, and even learnt some interesting ideas about comics from different regions acquiring their own unique style!

So what inspired the style of Sufi Comics Rumi? How will the final pages look? Read on as we reveal sneak preview of the pages and more!

What is the process of production? How do you develop from each stage and are there any challenges involved? 

“After the thumbnails, pencils & Inks, Rahil sends us the final Inks of the pages via Dropbox.

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[Interview] Young Talented Calligraphist Samiur Rahman on what makes House of Calligraphy the most unique in the industry

Samiur Rahman from House of Calligraphy
Samiur Rahman from House of Calligraphy

Young, talented, with a mission to modernize and popularize traditional Arabic calligraphy, Samiur Rahman is no ordinary calligraphist. Creating an ever-growing collection of stunning calligraphy canvases and designs that combines a modern fusion twist with authentic traditions, he is the co-founder of the unique: House of Calligraphy.

What started out as a mere hobby for Samiur, has developed overtime into something much bigger- with plans to launch what could be the biggest release in the calligraphy art industry!

Along with partner and close friend Ismail Hussayn, House of Calligraphy have produced work for the likes of Arabic Nasheed Artist Maher Zain, comedian Omar Regan, and boxer Amir Khan.

From live calligraphy sessions to designing brand new fusion pieces, House of Calligraphy is currently touring the UK on a mission to inspire the youth and revive the beautiful art of calligraphy.

Continue reading as co-founder Samiur Rahman reveals exclusive insights into the interesting work of House of Calligraphy, thoughts on the current UK tour #RoadToInspire2014, and what makes this work perhaps the most unique in the industry!

How was House of Calligraphy founded? What has your journey been like to date?

House of Calligraphy was founded in September 2011 and officially launched in November that year. Prior to that, Calligraphy was just a hobby that I enjoyed to do in my free time and Alhamdulillah with a lot of motivation and support from family and friends, me and co founder Ismail managed to set a base and start up HOC.

It has truly been an amazing journey to date with so many new experiences and opportunities working alongside inspiring groups and individuals. There have been many obstacles we have faced along the way but what we have realised through this is many a time a setback can be a blessing in disguise so Alhamdulillah.”

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Announcing our Giveaway Winners and View the Prizes

The time has come to finally announce the lucky winners of our first ever Giveaway!

A big thank you to all who those who entered!

It was interesting to read all your insightful and inspirational Sufi Comic Reflections, from the inspired transcendental dish-washing experiences to the epiphany of playing a pivotal role in society. From Pakistan, Malaysia to the USA, you all had something different to say!

It was a tough decision, but here are our 5 winning  Sufi Comic Reflections.

The Winners

Mother by Neda Hasni

“Unconditional, filled with sacrifice, far beyond defining, one can never be thankful enough and understand the depth of a mothers love… The above Sufi Comic reminds us of how much a mother does for her child and her importance in Islam.”

A visit to Hell by Maya Soden

“The stories of Bahlool are insightful and profound. For me they hold a special relevance living in the West…This is a perfect illustration of the theological concept of the embodiment of deeds that will occur in the next life.”

Positive Thinking by Zakariya Ali

“In a simple yet powerful illustration,  “Positive Thinking” highlights that the power of one’s mind, the power of one’s faith, and the power of one’s perserverance,  is the determining factor of one’s reaction and/or solution to a problem.”

Is the World an Evil place?  by Shahirah Elaiza

“I will never forget these words someone once told me, “Remember to practice gratitude.”
“And remember, if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”"

Why doesn’t God do something? by Kiran Ashraf

“…It made me connect to different volunteer groups and with them I had a chance to become witness of ordeals people go through every day. To be honest, it’s really easy for us to just talk about them or sympathize but once you get to see that with your own eyes, you won’t stop crying.”

The Prizes

All our winners had their names styled in stunning calligraphy by India’s finest, Muqtar Ahmed, and signed copies of Sufi Comics books. Here they are below, aren’t they just beautiful?

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Giveaway Winner: Neda Hasni

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