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Meet Tanzil Rahman from Sufi Comics: Rumi

With his range of impressive studies and creative talents, to being an avid member of the Rumi fan club, Tanzil Rahman is an interesting member of the hardworking team behind Sufi Comics: Rumi. 

From being involved in livelihood support for communities living in urban slums, acting in various plays, to writing powerful poetry on the idea of social justice, Tanzil’s contribution to the new project is inspired and invaluable.

His work with Sufi Comics: Rumi has been around the selection and research behind the poems, as well as sourcing the original Farsi text for the short-listed poems.

Tanzil reveals how the collaboration came about, dispells the view that you can’t be a spiritual activist, as well as us why we should stay tuned for Sufi Comics: Rumi!

Tanzilur Rahman is  researcher for Sufi Comics: Rumi, poet and social activist
Tanzilur Rahman is researcher for Sufi Comics: Rumi, poet and social activist

Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your educational/professional background?

“I come from a village in Darbhanga district of North Bihar. My family later settled in Aligarh in UP. I have studied Electronics Engineering at Aligarh Muslim University and General Management  at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Professionally my expertise is in the area of Human Resource strategy primarily advising organizations on how to leverage technology for HR transformation. I am currently employed with software major SAP.”

How did you meet Arif and Ali?

“I met Arif and Ali bhai for the first time at the Quran Study circle of Dr. Taha Mateen in Bangalore. We connected in very first  interactions. I liked their progressive and pragmatic approach to issues and things while adhering to the basics.”

 How did the collaboration with Sufi Comics : Rumi come about?

“I had known and read  Sufi Comics’ earlier editions. Arif bhai has discussed these a few times to get my feedback and reaction as a reader. It was while discussing “The  Wise Fool of Baghdad” that he mentioned about his plans to do next edition of Sufi Comics on Maualana Rum’s poems. He also mentioned that he has short listed some poems from a translation that I had gifted him earlier. Having been an avid member of Rumi fan club , I jumped on the opportunity and requested that I would like to collaborate which he accepted warmly.”

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[Interview] Soner Coruhlu on what makes Prophecy Comics unique and build bridges between faiths and cultures

Soner Coruhlu (right) is the founder of Prophecy Comics
Soner Coruhlu (right) is the founder of Prophecy Comics

Inspired by his faith, stimulated by powerful narratives, and experienced in cross-cultural products, Soner Coruhlu is the founder of Prophecy Comics – an exciting narrative exploring the ultimate battle between the forces of good and evil.

In an aim to bedazzle his audience on a visual level with illustrations of spiritual beings, Soner believes that Prophecy Comics can inspire others to be conscious of their spirituality.

But can tradition and spirituality be explored in an entertaining and universal way?

I talk to Soner about the powerful concepts in Prophecy Comics, the challenges of illustrating Angels and Demons, and how he hopes to build bridges between faiths and cultures.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who/what inspires you?

“I’ve always been a fan of both theology and comic culture. Having read my mother’s edition of Texas comics when I was 5 years old, I was a fan of the genre for life. In latter years, I became more and more interested in theology.

Eventually, I took it upon myself to start a degree, part time, in Islamic Studies and also undertook a separate graduate diploma in Christian Theology at Charles Sturt University.

In addition to theological qualifications I hold multiple post graduate degrees in business including: an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney , currently enrolled in a DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration), and plan to finish a Masters in Islamic Theology as well.

A combination of all these qualifications and experience in the realm of cross cultural projects has helped in conceptualization and production of these comic books.”

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(Last few days left) Enter our Giveaway to win your name in Arabic Calligraphy and Sufi Comics books!

The deadline of 31st Jan 2014 is approaching for our first ever Giveaway. We are giving out some great prizes for those who enter.

  1. Signed copies of Sufi Comics books (shipped anywhere in the world)
  2. Their name in Arabic Calligraphy by Muqtar Ahmed, one of India’s finest Islamic Calligraphers
Get your name written in Calligraphy
Get your name written in Calligraphy
Get signed copies of Sufi Comics books
Get signed copies of Sufi Comics books

To enter, all you need to do is to blog in no less than 100 words on your  favorite Sufi Comic on your blog, with a a link back to the comic.

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Illustrating the Poems of Rumi: Keep your Dragon in the snow

Anyone here enjoy…the Poems of Rumi? 🙂

Sufi Studios is buzzing with creative and spiritual inspiration, in its journey of it’s next book, titled, “Sufi Comics: Rumi”!

So far, 7 pencils and inks have been completed, and more than 30 thumbnails.

One story that’s stood out for me, is the intriguing: “Keep your Dragon in the snow”.  These verses take us on an incredible journey of self-awareness; a universal lesson of how to tame our Dragon.

It’s powerful, thought provoking and visually exciting.

Here’s an excerpt from the poem:

A self-styled “dragon hunter” went into the mountains to trap a dragon.

He searched all over the mountain,

And at last discovered the frozen body of an enormous dragon in a cave high up
on one of the tallest peak.

The hunter brought the body to Baghdad.

He claimed that he had slaughtered it single-handedly & exhibited it on the
banks of Euphrates.

Thousands of people turned out to see the dragon.

The heat of the Baghdad sun started to warm up the dragons body and it began to
stir, slowly awakening from its winter hibernation…”

Before Rahil sketches out the poem, he creates a storyboard in thumbnails.  Sometimes there are changes to the storyboard.  Many times the storyboard is approved as is.  Then Rahil gets down to drawing the final pencils and then inks.

Have a look at the complete thumbnails of “Keep your Dragon in the snow.”

[Rumi] Keep your Dragon in the snow
[Rumi] Keep your Dragon in the snow

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