FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Purchasing Artwork & Materials
How can I purchase your artwork?
Most of my artwork is made on an on-order basis, meaning you have the opportunity to order a custom piece specific to your preferences in terms of size, colours, text, and design. To learn more about placing a custom order, read here.
Occasionally I have ready-made artwork available for sale. You can view available pieces here.
Where can I purchase calligraphy materials?
I sell the following materials in my online shop: ink, pens, paper, ink jars, and likka. A Starter Set is also available with all the materials you would need.
What is the refund policy?
Please note that there is generally a no-refund policy for calligraphy materials, ready-made artwork, and custom artwork.
Packages sent via mail will be carefully packaged to ensure no damage during the mailing process. However, if the package has been damaged in the mail, please send me an message as soon as possible within 5 days of package receipt for consideration of a refund and/or exchange.
Do you teach workshops to learn calligraphy?
I hold occasional one- or two-day workshops for an introduction to Arabic calligraphy. Any information about upcoming workshops will be posted here.
I look forward to any opportunity to share my passion for calligraphy with others; if you are interested in hosting a workshop, please click here.
How did you learn calligraphy?
My first attempts at calligraphy were during high school, where I automatically knew this was an art form I wanted to go far in. I did some basic research to understand what it would mean to one day hold the title of Master Calligrapher, and realized it would require many years of training and, most importantly, a teacher. I felt a little hopeless given the lack of resources I felt were available in Toronto for learning calligraphy. However, I continued to practice by studying calligraphy compositions and trying to understand the rules of the language and the art form. In 2012, I attended a workshop held by Shaykh Yusuf Badat, the imam at Islamic Foundation of Toronto and, to my delightful surprise, someone who had studied calligraphy extensively. After the workshop I continued learning with him for a few months, studying a portion of the Naskh script. Then in 2013 I met Haji Noor Deen during one of his trips to Toronto. Sensing my enthusiasm and passion for calligraphy, he offered to teach me until I earn my ijaza. I consider this to have been such an important day, and being his student is a blessing beyond the ability of words to explain. Since then, I have been practicing and hope to complete my ijaza in the next few years, God willing.
How can I learn traditional calligraphy?
Traditional Islamic calligraphy is an art form that dates back many hundreds of years. Over the course of time, the traditional scripts were developed by highly skilled masters of the art, qualified by their extensive training, practice, knowledge, passion, and of course, their impeccable ability to write. Needless to say, one cannot become a calligrapher overnight, but with genuine dedication the goal is certainly attainable. First, a qualified teacher is required as the master-student relationship is one of many critical aspects to excelling in calligraphy. The master will traditionally commence the journey by teaching the writing of the dua, "Rabbi yassir wa la tu'assir, rabbi tammim bil khair -- My Lord make it easy, and don't make it difficult; My Lord, make it end with goodness." Once the writing of this line has been perfected, students can advance on to the individual letters of the alphabet, to joint letter combinations, to short and then long words, and eventually complete calligraphy compositions. At the master's discretion, students will culminate the formal training period by attaining their ijaza, or license, enabling them to teach others and continue on the tradition. The best place to be learning calligraphy is the hub of Islamic calligraphy itself -- Istanbul, Turkey. You can learn more about learning calligraphy in Istanbul here. More information about learning traditional calligraphy can also be found here.
Of course, not everyone interested in learning calligraphy aims to become a master. Rather, you might be looking to broaden your skill set, explore the beauty of Islamic calligraphy, or simply learn the basics of writing. For this I would recommend attending a local workshop being held, or purchasing the basic materials and following online resources to get a taste of the art. To learn about the history and theory of calligraphy, I have also compiled a short list of books and websites here.
Whichever route you wish to take, I wish you the best of luck in your desire to learn calligraphy. May it be easy for you, and may you find it to be a source of peace and benefit in this life and the next :)