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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.

Photos

A Calligrapher's Tools
A Calligrapher’s Tools
Tea that refreshes a Calligrapher
Tea that refreshes a Calligrapher
Some tea to improve my concentration
Some tea to improve my concentration
Preparing the page
Preparing the page
Beginning with full concentration
Beginning with full concentration
Half way done
Half way done
Verse without vowel marks
Verse without vowel marks
Verse with vowel marks
Verse with vowel marks
A display of the Calligraphy work for the book
A display of the Calligraphy work for the book

Video Clips

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Watch Muqtar Ahmed inscribe Calligraphy
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Watch Muqtar Ahmed inscribe Calligraphy

Mohammed Ali Vakil

Comments

Baqir R
Reply

Simply beautiful . Just watching Muqtar bhai inscribing Calligraphy brings peace to the soul. Thank you for sharing.

Alias Ali
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What muqtar ahmad did was not simply an art of writing but a labor of love. Thanks.

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