Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sun 4 Dec: Hastoneest Study Tour: Wazir Khan Mosque - Syed Faizan Naqvi, Taimoor Khan & Kausar Ali

Hast o Neest 
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Study Tour: Mazars In & Around Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore

Sunday, 4th December 2016
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Tour Guides: 

Syed Faizan Naqvi (Lahore Ka Khoji, Lahore Shinasi Foundation), Taimoor Khan Mumtaz 
& Kausar Ali

Send in Title, Name on 0321 4847091
Queries: Kausar Ali - 0321 4847091

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hastoneest Lahore: Wed 30 Nov: Introducing Meera Bai, a Hindu Mystic Poet of the 16th Century - Danish Bashir

Hastoneest Lahore: Wednesday Poetry Sitting

Meera Bai: Hindu Mystic Poet and Devotee of Krishnaji 
Danish Bashir will introduce the Bhakti Saint of the 16th Century and read verses from her book Prem Vaani.

Wednesday 30th November 2016
at 6:00 pm (40 minute presentation with 20 minutes of Q&A)
at 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, Lahore

Queries: 8493170

Hastoneest Lahore: Course: Pencil Line Work - Basic (Adults & Children)

Lahore Hast o Neest
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Course: Pencil Line Work  
A basic three month course on observation and line formation. 
(Children 9 years onwards & Adults)
Fyza Noon (NCA)

Once a week Saturdays 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Starting Saturday 7 Jan 2017

Fyza Noon is a NCA graduate and a miniature student of Bashir Ahmed sahib. She teaches miniature at Hastoneest and is a founding member of the Institute.

Register: Send in 'Title. Name, Cell & Email Address' on; Venue: 3, Iftikhar Ahmad Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II.

Hastoneest Karachi: Wed Poetry Sitting: 30th Nov-6 pm: Masnavi Ma'anvi Rumi: The Similitude of the Human Soul to the Flute

Hastoneest KARACHI: Monthly
Wednesday Poetry Sitting
The Similitude of the Human Soul to the Flute in Masnavi Ma'anvi Maulana Rumi
 Syed Hijaz Mehdi
Wed, 30th November - 6:00 pm
at The Lyceum, 78 Clifton

مولانا رومی اور انکا انسان کو شہنائی (بانسری) سے تشبیہ دینا

اس نشست میں مولانا اورمثنوی معنوی کا 
مختصر تعارف، اور مثنوی معنوی کے 
آغاز سے بیس (20) اشعار سنائے جائیں گے، ترجمہ و تشریح ساتھ ہوگی، اور یہ نشست اس بات پر ناظر ہوگی کہ انسان اور شہنائی میں مولانا نے کس طرح ربط نکالا ہے۔

Syed Hijaz Mehdi is a poet and teaches urdu poetry appreciation at Hastoneest

Queries: or 0321 202 7779

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Daily Quranic Word: Sat, 26 Nov: Surah Waqia & The Concept of Death from a Quranic Persepctive - Syed Uzair Abdullah Qadri

The Daily Quranic Word

Death, the Preserve of Life
Reading Al-Waqi'ah (The Inevitable) سورة الواقعة Ayat 60 & 61

نَحْنُ قَدَّرْنَا بَيْنَكُمُ الْمَوْتَ وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمَسْبُوقِينَ
عَلَىٰ أَن نُّبَدِّلَ أَمْثَالَكُمْ وَنُنشِئَكُمْ فِي مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

We have decreed death among you, and We are not to be outdone
We will change your likenesses and produce you in that [form] which you do not know.

Clearing the basic misunderstanding on the concept of death from a Quranic perspective.
Syed Uzair Abdullah Qadri
Saturday 26 November, 5:30 pm
Venue: Hastoneest, 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, Lahore

With a post-graduate degree from Punjab University, and the family scholarly tradition of the Qadriyya Sufi Order, Syed Uzair Abdullah Qadri holds special interest in Kalam, Quranic Exegesis, the Science of Hadith, Arabic Language & Poetry.

Queries: hast.o.neest@gmail.com0300 8493170

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lahore Hastoneest: Course: Tarteel or Hymnody of the Quran (Level 1: Tajweed) with Qari Muzammil Ashraf

Lahore Hastoneest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Course: Tarteel or Hymnody of the Quran (Level 1: Tajweed) 
(for Children (7 years +) & Adults) with Qari Muzammil Ashraf 

Duration: 4 Months
Once a week on Fridays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm (starting Friday 25th November)

Venue: 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, Lahore.

Qari Muzammil Ashraf is a student of Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali sahib who stands amongst the renowned qurra of Pakistan.

- Developing accuracy of the sounds and words of the Quranic language through select, short surahs of the Quran.
- Articulation of the 29 letters in the Arabic language; from where they should be pronounced from (Makhaarij) and give them their appropriate attributes (Sifaat).
- Differentiating the three modes of recitation: Tahqeeq, precise - methodical; Hadr, rapidity; Tadweer, in between

Register: Send in Title, name, cell number & email address to or 0300 8493170.

Hastoneest Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad: Calligraphy with the Khattats of Pakistan

Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad

Registrations Open
  Three month basic; twice a week
with the khattats of Pakistan
 www, or email

The Art of Calligraphy & the Pen Strokes of the Quran 

From its simple early examples of the 5th and 6th century A.D., the Arabic alphabet developed rapidly after the rise of Islam in the 7th century into a beautiful form of art.

The main two families of calligraphic styles were the "dry styles", generally called the Kufic, and the "moist styles," soft cursive styles, which include Naskhi, Thuluth, Nastaliq and many others.

Kufic reached perfection in the second half of the 8th century. It superseded other earlier attempts of improvement of Arabic calligraphy, and became the only script used for copying the Holy Quran for the next three hundred years.

Abu Ali Muhammad Ibn Muqlah (d. 940), along with his brother, became accomplished calligraphers in Baghdad in an early age. Ibn Muqlah is credited with developing the first script to obey strict proportional rules. His system utilized the dot as a measuring unit for line proportions, and a circle with a diameter equals to the Alif's height as a measuring unit for letter proportions. Ibn Muqlah's system became a powerful tool in the development and standardization of cursive scripts, and his calligraphic work elevated the previous cursive styles into a place of prominence, and made them acceptable as worthy of writing the Quran.

Cursive scripts coexisted with Kufic and date back to before Islam, but in the early stages of their development they lacked discipline and elegance. Court requirements for correspondence and record keeping resulted in many developments to the cursive scripts, and several styles were devised to fulfill these needs.

When the cursive styles were becoming popular and refined in the 10th century, Kufic responded by overemphasizing many qualities of the cursive scripts in a geometrical style called 'Eastern Kufic,' where slender vertical strokes and oblique strokes animate the more rigid early Kufic. This style was mainly a book calligraphy rather than architectural calligraphy style, but was very popular on ceramics.

Karachi Hastoneest: Appreciating Urdu Poetry (Level 1 Beginner) with Syed Hijaz Mehdi

Karachi Hastoneest
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

 Urdu Poetry Appreciation
(Level 1 Beginner)
with Syed Hijaz Mehdi

- علوم شعریہ سے آشنائی (علم عروض و قافیہ، علم معانی، علم بیان، علم بدیع، اسلوب)
- شعر پڑھنے کا طریقہ اور تلفظ
- شعر سمجھنے اور اس کی گہرائی تک اترنے کا طریقہ
- مصرعے موزوں کرنے کا طریقہ

Duration: 4 Months
Fridays & Saturdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Venue: The Lyceum, Clifton
starting Friday, 25th November

Syed Hijaz Mehdi is a poet and teaches urdu poetry appreciation at Hastoneest Karachi.

Register: Send in Title, Name, Cell Number and Email Address to or 0300 8493170.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hastoneest Islamabad: Friday 11 Nov Open Lecture: Sacred Geometry by Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

Hast o Neest Islamabad
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Open Lecture (Walk in)
'Introduction to Sacred Geometry'
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz
Friday, 11 November 2016
5:45 pm

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz is a practising architect and founder member of Hastoneest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts.

Venue: SyntecX SLRC,

2nd Floor, Al-Farooq Plaza, Main Kuri Road,
near Zong HQ & near Chak Shehzad, Islamabad.

Queries: 03335220092; 0314 5171085

Monday, November 7, 2016

Course: Art of Illumination - Tezhib with Azma Salman - starting 11 November

Hast o Neest Lahore
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

Course: Art of Illumination - Tezhib

Teacher: Azma Salman
Duration 3 months; 
Weekly session on Fridays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
starting Friday, 11 November

An introductory course on the art of illumination - tezhib - where students will learn the motifs of the flower stages and how to compose them in the Turkish style of the art form. Flower painting techniques will follow to create a complete work of illumination. 

Azma Salman has been teaching traditional Islamic art since the last eight years. Her area of specialization is "Tezhib" or Illumination - an art form used to ornament the holy verses of the Quran for which she received training from three present day Turkish masters e.i Ayten Tiryaki, Emel Turkman and Nilofer Kurfeyz. 
Currently she is the only illuminator in Pakistan who has a formal degree in this area of Islamic Art. She holds a Masters of Arts in Visual Islamic and Traditional Art from the Princes School of Traditional Arts, London and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts. She lives and works in Lahore.

Register: Email and send in Title, Name, Cell Number and email address on
For further queries email on 849 3170.

Hast o Neest Lahore: 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, Lahore

Wed 9 Nov: 6:30 pm: Documentary Viewing: Rumi in the Land of Khusrau - Muzaffar Ali

Walk in to Hast o Neest Movies/Documentaries 
Viewing & Post-Viewing Discussion

Rumi in the Land of Khusrau
A documentary film by Muzaffar Ali
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Running Time: 30 Minutes

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 6:30 pm
at Hastoneest Lahore

Rumi, the mystic poet, was born in 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan, which was then a part of the Persian Empire. Amir Khusrau was born in 1253 in Patiali, grew up on the banks of the river Ganges and composed poems of a mystic nature.

The documentary ‘Rumi In The Land Of Khusaru' is based on Tajjali - a Sufi concert where Persian and Indian dancers, musicians and singers perform in tandem with each other. The Indian musicians from regions of Kashmir, Awadh and Delhi render poems and compositions of Khusrau, and the Iranians sing the poems of Rumi. The film inter-cuts the concert with details from the life of Khusrau, and similarities between his poetry and Rumi's. The film also extensively uses the poetry of both the mystics.