According to the Iranian cultural office in Islamabad, the three-day exhibition was inaugurated on Thursday with the cooperation of the National Museum of Pakistan and with the presence of Zafar Mirza, former Pakistani Health Minister, and Ehsan Khazaei, Iranian cultural attaché to Islamabad.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Khazaei pointed to some aspects of the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and also read a number of Iqbal Lahori’s poems about the Prophet (PBUH) and unity among Muslims.
The aims of this exhibition, he continued, are marking the Unity Week, commemorating the Prophet (PBUH), and offering a suitable view of Islam. The exhibition showcases 60 works of calligraphy related to the Prophet (PBUH), unity, and Persian and Urdu poems of Iqbal Lahori created by Pakistani artists.
Professor Saeed Ahmad, a Pakistani linguist and researcher, said that artists of the subcontinent and Pakistan obtained Nastaliq from Iranians, calling for preserving this authentic art of calligraphy in the modern world.
Speaking IQNA, Khazaei also noted that a number of handwritten Qurans are also on display in the exhibition, including a Quran written by artists from the subcontinent using Nastaliq.
Back in the 1980s, the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini (RA) announced the almost one-week difference between the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as cited by Sunni and Shia anecdotes as the week of Islamic Unity.
Shia Muslims believe the Prophet (PBUH) was born on the 17th day of (the lunar month of) Rabi al-Awwal while Sunni Muslims consider the 12th day of the month as the birthday of the last prophet.