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Discovering the Pleasure of Prayer

Midnight.

I had been in bed since 10pm.

But I was still tossing and turning.

I hadn’t eaten since 2pm, and my stomach was screaming for food.

So I got out of bed, and made my way towards the kitchen.

I opened the fridge, and out tumbled a glass jar.

SMASH!

It crashed on the ground and broke into pieces.

“Oh great! Just what I needed Now what do I do?” I thought to myself.

It was dark & I didn’t have any footwear on. One wrong move and I would have sharp glass pieces in my foot. So I began to tread with careful steps towards the switch.

My senses were heightened. My mind was on full alert. And I was completely in the present moment.

I had no thoughts other than the single purpose of getting to the light switch unharmed.

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How to be Free from Bitterness?

It happened one evening.

I’d just moved to London and was busy settling in. Exploring the city, making new friends – the typical stuff international students do when they first arrive.

I was in a cafe when it happened. Someone put their hands in my coat and stole my things.

At first, I felt violated, then angry, and finally, vengeful.

I didn’t know what to do. Eventually I realized there wasn’t much I could do about it.

Even though the robbery didn’t leave me destitute, it still left a scar inside me. Whenever I thought about it, my heart would feel heavy, as if I was carrying a burden inside me.

Part of me wanted to forgive and forget. But I just couldn’t. How could I? It wasn’t fair. I had done nothing to offend the robber. I didn’t deserve to be robbed.

I wanted justice.

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The Key to Inner Peace

Key to Inner Peace

Life is a Test.

Some Win. Some Lose.

So how is this game played? How do you measure success?

For most of us, success means achieving a specific goal. It could be something lofty like landing your dream job, earning your first million, becoming famous etc. Or it could be something modest like owning your own house, being debt free or having enough savings for rainy days.

But what happens when you don’t achieve your goals?

Do you get disheartened and depressed? Do you think of yourself as a failure? Maybe even give up?

I don’t have to tell you how unhealthy those scenarios are. So what are you supposed to do in the face of failure?
The answer is simple: Don’t let it beat you.

Success and Failure is not what happens to us, but how we choose to respond to it.

We all have our share of success and failures. It’s the ways of life. Some days are good and you achieve your goals, while other days nothing seems to go your way. That’s normal. You don’t have control over what happens to you.

But what you do have control over is how you respond to them – to both failure and success.

If things go well for you, be grateful.
If things go bad, be patient.

Responding to circumstances in this way not only aligns your life to a higher purpose, but also brings inner peace during harsh times.

“… be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be careful of (your duty to) God, that you may be successful.” Quran (3:200)

Sufi Comics, now on YouTube!

Sometime early this year we got contacted by Safeer TV in the UK.

They asked us permission to present the comics from The Wise Fool of Baghdad in video format with sound effects & voice overs.

We were not really sure what to do, but were excited with the idea that Sufi Comics could be watched as a video.

So we gave them the green signal.

Some months later the first four chapters from the Wise Fool of Baghdad are available on YouTube to watch.

We were pretty excited when we saw them. They’ve done a really good job!

Click on the image below to check them out.

Wise Fool of Baghdad Video
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Let us know what you think!

 

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

 

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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:

 

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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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?”

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5 Thought-Provoking Reasons Why Rumi is the Best Selling Poet in America

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Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
~Rumi

You may have come across Rumi’s quotes like the one above.

Perhaps in books. Or quite likely on your Facebook feed, Twitter account or on Buzz feed.

If you enjoy poetry you might have even read some of his poems.

Rumi was a 13th Century poet who lived in different parts of the Persian Empire which included present day Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey. He was a mystic, a philosopher and top Islamic Scholar of his time.

But he’s most popularly known for his timeless Poetry that sprang from his yearning for the Divine.

What is astonishing is that he’s the best selling poet in America. Even outselling giants of English literature like Shakespeare.

How is it that the works of a 13th Century Persian Poet becomes one of the most widely read in the Western world?

What is it about Rumi, that makes him so popular?

While working on our upcoming book Sufi Comics Rumi, we researched more about this great mystic.

This led us to these 5 reasons why Rumi is so popular.

Here they are:

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