With the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari, the Minster of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, and Her Excellency Sheikha Dr. Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani, board member of ROTA, and the management of the Qatar First Investment Bank, Qatar Islamic cultural centre (FANAR) which is supervised by the department of Da’wah and religious affairs, organise an Exhibition for Arabic Calligraphy from the 21st to the 25th of April 2011. Mr Sabah Arbili will Exhibition many precious works, among them are 30 works which each present a verse from the Holy Qur’an. Each work illustrates spending in charity, the aim of which is to support charity and generosity within both the Qatari and the wider Muslim community.
The sponsorship of the Qatar First Investment Bank is a part of its policy in supporting Cultural and social projects, especially those related to Islamic culture and the arts, in an aim to support Islamic values within the community.
Qatar Islamic cultural centre (FANAR) adopted the idea of Al-Jood Expo to regain these noble values through a unique way; Arabic calligraphy. Al-Jood is an Arabic term meaning generousity and was used by Abdallah ibn Abbass, the companion of prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) who said about the prophet Mohammad’s (peace and blessing be upon him) character: “the messenger of Allah (peace ad blessings be upon him) was the most generous among all people. He was becoming more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel – the Angel of revelation- met him, He (Gabriel) met him (the prophet) every night in Ramadan to recite the Qur`an with him. Then the messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) is more generous with good than the raining wind…”
Through this unique artistic aspect the exhibition presents spending in charity with an aim to attract people to do more in this area.
All 30 artistic works, along with those that are with them from other fields of Islamic arts are done by Sabah Arbili, the international artist who uses high quality natural materials and tools such as traditional ink and calligraphy papers. This ensures the existence of works without change for hundreds years.
The exhibition presents many works from different Islamic arts, models of Arabic letters and many activities for the audience, be they children or adults.
It is worthy to mention that the exhibition is organised in co-operation with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) as a charitable partner. The exhibition’s benfits will be for ROTA to support charity projects in Pakistan for there will be some works that will be sold in auction for charity,
The Exhibition aims to fulfill some other goals, such as presenting Islamic culture in different ways, spreading Islamic values, supporting charity effort, remind the next generation that Islamic Art is a part of our Islamic identity, and presenting the state of Qatar as a supporter of Islamic arts and developing local organizations to raise the Qatari community.
The Exhibition aims to attract the local community, especially businessmen and those who are interested in cultural and the arts.
Sabah Arbili has a Masters degree in Islamic Arts from the University of Wales and is considered as the top calligrapher worldwide today. He obtained the first position in Doha festival of Arabic Calligraphy, within the events of ‘Doha Arab Culture capital 2011’, along with the same position in two competitions from (IRCICA) in Turkey for Thuluth and Naskh styles, along with the same position in the Arabic Calligraphy Festival of Sharjah in the Naskh style, the first position in Dubai Qur’an festival and the same position in the Algeria festival of Arabic Calligraphy. These are just some of his recent achievements.
Mr Mohammad Al Mahmoud, the manager of the Da’wah and religious affairs Department in the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs said that the Exhibition of Al-Jood is a unique way of presenting Islamic culture and Islamic values through spreading Arabic Calligraphy and writing Qura’nic Verses with the great artist: Sabah Al -Arbili.
Mr Mohammad Al Mahmoud thanks Qatar First Investment Bank, for their generous sponsorship of the exhibition and the projects which support Islamic culture and community. Mr Al Mahmoud thanks the charitable partner ROTA and KATARA for their partnership.
From his side Mr Issa Al-Mannai, the manager of ROTA thanks the department of Dawah and FANAR for taking the initiative and he welcomed the co-operation between all who support ROTA’s vision in offering better education for students in Pakistan.