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.
Samiur Rahman from House of Calligraphy
Young, talented, with a mission to modernize and popularize traditional Arabic calligraphy, Samiur Rahman is no ordinary calligraphist. Creating an ever-growing collection of stunning calligraphy canvases and designs that combines a modern fusion twist with authentic traditions, he is the co-founder of the unique: House of Calligraphy.
What started out as a mere hobby for Samiur, has developed overtime into something much bigger- with plans to launch what could be the biggest release in the calligraphy art industry!
Along with partner and close friend Ismail Hussayn, House of Calligraphy have produced work for the likes of Arabic Nasheed Artist Maher Zain, comedian Omar Regan, and boxer Amir Khan.
From live calligraphy sessions to designing brand new fusion pieces, House of Calligraphy is currently touring the UK on a mission to inspire the youth and revive the beautiful art of calligraphy.
Continue reading as co-founder Samiur Rahman reveals exclusive insights into the interesting work of House of Calligraphy, thoughts on the current UK tour #RoadToInspire2014, and what makes this work perhaps the most unique in the industry!
How was House of Calligraphy founded? What has your journey been like to date?
“House of Calligraphy was founded in September 2011 and officially launched in November that year. Prior to that, Calligraphy was just a hobby that I enjoyed to do in my free time and Alhamdulillah with a lot of motivation and support from family and friends, me and co founder Ismail managed to set a base and start up HOC.
It has truly been an amazing journey to date with so many new experiences and opportunities working alongside inspiring groups and individuals. There have been many obstacles we have faced along the way but what we have realised through this is many a time a setback can be a blessing in disguise so Alhamdulillah.”
The deadline of 31st Jan 2014 is approaching for our first ever Giveaway. We are giving out some great prizes for those who enter.
- Signed copies of Sufi Comics books (shipped anywhere in the world)
- Their name in Arabic Calligraphy by Muqtar Ahmed, one of India’s finest Islamic Calligraphers
Get your name written in Calligraphy
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.