Yesterday our little city was blessed with two spectacular events. We had Haji Noor Deen give us an Islamic Calligraphy workshop and we had a poetry reading by Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore. It was a dream come true to have two such wonderful people visit us.
Haji Noor Deen demonstrated his amazing abilities – watching him was incredible…what he does seems so effortless. He went into detail explaining the art of calligraphy, the Muslims use of it, and the mathematical precision required to produce works of fine art. We managed to get about 20 people out to the event – which for this city is pretty good.
At then end he gave Saadia, Anisa and I each a scroll which was so nice of him. He truly is a gracious man.
The highlight of my day was the poetry reading. Some local poets came out and gave us a sample of their work – we have some budding talent out there and it was nice to be able to give them some exposure. The crowd was small but warm and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t even put into words how blessed I felt by having Daniel Moore and his lovely wife here. They are such wonderful people – so full of light and love. His reading included some chapters from Abdallah Jones and the Disappearing-Dust Caper, and poems from Ramadan Sonnets, Mars & Beyond, Coattails of a Saint…
I hope that we managed to show him how grateful we were for his time and energy. It was truly a wonderful evening and I was full of emotion, overflowing with it, not able to express it adequately.
InshaAllah I’ll post some pics soon 🙂