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.