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Sufi Comics Rumi nominated for Best Graphic Novel Award

Every year Comic Con India gives out awards to the best comics in various categories. We got very excited when we heard that this year Sufi Comics Rumi got nominated for:

Best Graphic Novel

Best Graphic Novel

Best Cover Page

Best Cover

Alhamdulliah! 🙂

Meet us at Comic Con Bangalore

Comic Con Bangalore is taking place on 3rd, 4th & 5th of April. It’ll be at the White Orchid Convention Center.

Creating a book can be a very isolating experience. That’s why we always look forward to Comic Cons. We get to meet so many people who love comics, and they bring in so much energy! It gives everyone on the team a boost to continue working on the comics.

So do drop by to say “Hello”. Meet the team (Myself along with Arif, Rahil & Gafur) and pick up signed copies of the Sufi Comics books.

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The Connection: How we are instruments of God’s will

The divine connection

I came across this beautifully profound yet simple story by Zinsight author George Ziniewicz. It resonated so deeply with me that I just had to make a Sufi Comic of it.

The concept of a terminal works well as we are merely the instruments of God’s will. Only if we would wake up and recognise it. If only we surrender our vanity and give ourselves up to God, we will receive the instructions, bandwidth and resources needed to create our best life ever; in the gentlest, easiest way possible.

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)

“Burn me in Hell…” – Rabia al Basri

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We have done a couple of comics of Rabia Basri.  One’s titled The Headache and the other is Walking on Water.  Here’s yet another Sufi Comic dedicated to this spiritual lady.  She is an inspiring personality in Islamic history.  Here’s a brief excerpt from her life from the book Destiny Disrupted:

 

“In Basra, lived the poet Rabia Al Basri, whose life is now laced with legend.  As a little girl, she had been traveling somewhere with her family when bandits hit the caravan.  They killed her parents and sold Rabia into slavery.  That’s how she ended up in Basra as a slave in some rich man’s household.  Her master, the stories say, kept noticing a luminous spirituality about her that made him wonder…

One night, when she was lost in prayer, he observed a halo surrounding her body.  It struck him suddenly that he had a saint living in his house, and awe took hold of him.  he set Rabia free and pledged to arrange a good marriage for her.  He would get her connected to one of the best families in the city, he vowed.  She had only to name the man she wanted to marry, and he would upon up negotiations at once.

But Rabia said she could not marry any man, for she was already in love.
“In love?” gasped her recent master.  “With whom?”
“With Allah!” And she began to pour forth poetry of such rapturous passion that her former owner became her first and lifelong disciple.”

 

The above prayer is perhaps inspired from a similar prayer by Imam Ali (as).

 

The Headache

Sufi Comics - The Headache
Sufi Comics – The Headache

Do you know people who always complain?  Whenever I hear someone complain, this story of Rabia Al-Basri comes to mind.

There was a time I used to think that if you’re complaining all the time, you must be “smart”.

Because if you’re complaining you know what’s wrong with the world and implying you know how to fix its problems.

But over time I realized the habit of complaining rarely fixes problems.  Instead it only creates more unhappiness not only for us, but also those around us.

What we’re really looking for is contentment, and the secret of it lies in being grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful about that we take for granted. Our family, friends, our health, the food that we eat.

Don’t let the simplicity of this act deceive you to think that it’s not worth doing.

It’s a practice I often struggle with myself.  But the more I practice gratitude, the better my life becomes.

Being grateful for what we have gives focus on what is going right in our lives, and helps to maintain perspective when we face challenges.