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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 🙂

 

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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(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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Get your name written in Arabic Calligraphy + get signed copies of Sufi Comics books!

Get your name written in Calligraphy
Get your name written in Calligraphy

 

Get signed copy of Sufi Comics books
Get signed copy of Sufi Comics books

Calling out to all bloggers!

Do you enjoy expressing yourself through words? Have a favourite Sufi Comic and could share your thoughts with us?

We’re giving away some exciting prizes in our first ever giveaway!

All you need to do is to blog in no less than 100 words, on your favorite Sufi Comic. Here are some examples:

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Too much work and Feeling stressed out?

There is no health where there is Greed ~ Imam Ali (a)
There is no health where there is Greed ~ Imam Ali (a)

Recently I was feeling stressed out.

It was the overwhelming feeling of the things that I need to get done.

Looking at my growing to-do list, with the time available, got me even more stressed ’cause I know I couldn’t fulfill all the commitments.

Somehow I felt that if can do all that, I’ll be happy.

But then I realized that things didn’t have to be this way.

I don’t have to take up all these commitments.

We have this idea that ‘achieving so and so goal will make me complete’. And I remain unhappy till I get what I want.

Learning to Let go

Material achievements never make us feel complete. The moment we get what we want, we start running after the next thing… and the next thing.. and so on.

Once we start realizing who we really are, and that nothing outside can make us complete, we stop relying on external achievements to feel complete.

But how will I achieve anything if I’m always satisfied

This is something that often bothered me a lot. But I realized that my best work has come not when I’m stressed out but when I work from a place of peace.

And peace comes when we stop fretting about targets, and focus on the work.

So what do I do if I feel stressed?

So the secret is not really a secret. Find love in the work that you do, and trust in God to give you the results.

He knows best.

Do you feel lazy about giving Charity?

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When giving Charity to you feel your hands getting heavy?

Do you get thoughts like these:

  • “Is this beggar for real?”
  • “Why should I give, there are so many other people”
  • “This is the Govt’s job”
  • “I have my own needs to take care of, I’ll become poor of I give”

I don’t know about you, but it happens to me.

I realise this thought comes when the intention of giving charity is not clear in mind.

Why to people give Charity?

Sounds like a silly question. Most people think giving Charity is to help other people.

And it’s true.  Charity helps other people.  But that’s not the primary purpose.

Giving Charity is to help ourselves.  To help us grow spiritually, and gain God’s pleasure.

And there’s no better wealth than this.

By no means shall you attain to righteousness until you spend (benevolently) out of what you love. Quran (3:92)

By being more intentional about giving, it helps both the receiver and the giver.

The next time you have an opportunity to give, try being more intentional about it.  It really works!

Debut Launch of “Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad”

After 6 months in the making in collaboration with Artist Rahil Mohsin & Master Calligrapher Muqtar Ahmed, we launched the book “Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad” at Comic Con Bangalore. We are very pleased with the final output of the book, it’s one of it’s kind!

The Book is available for sale from our online store: http://store.sufistudios.com . You can preview the book at:
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About the book

Find Wisdom in Foolishness

What can a man dressed in rags, and ostensibly mad teach us about life? Everything as it turns out. Bahlool who lived in Baghdad, circa the 8th century AD, feigned madness to escape the oppression of the ruling class. Now free of the burden of normalcy he dispensed wisdom in strange and amusing ways.

The Wise Fool of Baghdad is a collection of these true stories, richly illustrated in the Turkish-Iranian miniature style. Every story is followed by sacred verses of the Qur’an and traditional sayings, inscribed in Arabic By Muqtar Ahmed, one of India’s finest Islamic calligraphers.

Get the book. In the crazy times we live in, you’ll probably need a fool to make sense of it all.

Photographs from the launch at Comic Con Bangalore