27th September 2018
I am Asad, a self taught Islamic calligraphist who resides in Toronto, Canada. My art is one of a kind and I am proud of my work. Islam is a very beautiful religion and I present Islamic calligraphy with beautiful and moving colours. Colours are part of our lives, bring excitement and prevent life from being dull.
I had never thought that I would be painting Islamic art in my life. I was the one who would smile at a beautiful painting and say , “Masha Allah.” I worked a regular job and my life consisted of going to work and going home. One day it all changed.
I was in a car accident, which changed the course of my life. I was injured and could no longer work. I was in a lot of pain and went through a rough time. With my pain it was hard to do daily activities and became stressed and depressed. I stayed in all the time. this I started. In order to overcome this I began to paint. I did this for about two years. My first few paintings were loved by my friends, who encouraged me to keep painting. I kept painting and found that it also made me feel better and made the people around me feel better.
After a while I started to paint different Surahs from the Quran. It took a lot of practice and time, but I did not give up. It just gave me the strength. Eventually, I started to sell my paintings through social media. My customers were pleased with their new art and impressed by my talent and skills. They suggested that I paint an even larger variety of passages.
Recently, I painted the heart of Quran, “Surah Yasin.” This is the Surah that I read every morning. My morning starts with this Surah. I have also hand painted Surah Rahman.
Through this journey I have learned that depression is very real and can be debilitating, but if a person has a strong will, then nothing can bring harm. Many go through rough times, which teach us a lot in life and about life. I always say, “ Other then Allah, nothing can take me down.”
I am very thankful to my friends in Toronto who have encouraged and supported me. Thank you.
Kind and colourful regards,
29th September 2018
Arts & Paintings
Over the years I have always heard that art is a hobby of rich people. It is said that art is very expensive & only rich people can buy it. Not everyone will buy it. I totally disagree with that. As a calligraphy artist, I am in the market to prove this wrong. My art is for everyone. I am here to make sure that everyone who enjoys my art can take my artwork home too. Compared to other artists in the field, I create art that is affordable without breaking the bank. Islamic calligraphy is a blessed skilled very few have, which is why calligraphy art is extremely expensive. Artists price their art according to their personal feel. I price my items with my customer’s price limit in mind.
Beautiful colors make us feel good. They play a very important role in our lives. A world without color would be a dull and boring place. Colors bring life and energy into every painting I paint. Islam itself a very beautiful religion and I am trying to spread its beauty through colors. We buy Islamic calligraphy once or twice in our life time, it is not every day. When I create artwork, I make sure every art piece is unique and created with utmost effort.