The calligraphy is the sacred art that Nasir Mahmood Khosa has dedicated himself to. He is gradually adding to his growing corpus of calligraphy and its quality is truly exceptional. One can clearly recognise his elegant hand with its typical angles. Calligraphy is a valued art form in the Muslim world and has been practiced for centuries. Muslim culture takes calligraphy as an endeavour aimed at purifying the soul. Calligraphy encompasses diverse nuances, modes and styles often depicting the origin of the calligraphers. It reflects the centrality of the notion of writing and written text following the sacred saying of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) that the first thing the Almighty created was the pen.
The calligraphy follows two broad and major styles known as the Kufic and Naskh but there are several variations of them created and followed by a succession of calligraphists. Calligraphy has been a recognised genre of art in the Muslim world and was highly respected and desired. Nasir Khosa has mastered a distinct style that is reflective of his enterprising nature. The calligraphy he produces comes easy to the eye and creates a profound impact on the reader. His style appears to specifically embellish the word and grant it an attractive formation. He very valuably writes the Urdu translation of the Quranic verses under them that makes it easy for the reader to comprehend their meaning.
It is the proud privilege of the Weekender to print some of the calligraphic pieces of Nasir Khosa. We have been doing it periodically as and when we receive them from him. We hope that he will keep on forwarding them to us so that we can share them with our readers. TW