Calligraphy is an ancient art that utilizes script and creative brush strokes. It's been long used as a way to express thoughts, desires and feelings, and many people in the Western world use the technique to give letters, cards and documents an elegant flourish. However, one calligraphy artist is using the art for a charitable cause.
According to The News International, Abdul Rasheed is a self-taught painter out of Karachi, Pakistan, who has contributed his work to a fundraising effort to collect money for the Indus Hospital. He had more than 75 calligraphic pieces hanging in the art gallery of the Sheraton Hotel, where guests could purchase. All proceeds go to the hospital, which provides free medical services to poor people in the area.
This isn't the first time Rasheed has used the calligraphy alphabet to raise money for a good cause. In 2005, he contributed to a fundraiser for victims of the Kashmir earthquake. His paintings, which feature sweeping images, versus from the Quran and names of gods, have gained Rasheed international renown and provided a financial boost for various community organizations.