Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) announced its sponsorship for “Al Joud Exhibition”, which is organized by Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre (Fanar) for the art of Arabic Calligraphy by the world-renowned calligrapher Sabah Arbili. The exhibition will take place at KATARA during the period from 21 – 25 April, 2011.
His Excellency Dr. Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kawwari, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs will inaugurate the exhibition, in the presence of Sheikha Dr. Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani, board member of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA).
The exhibition, will display thirty pieces of art by the world-renowned calligrapher Sabah Al Arbili. The name of the exhibition “Joud” means generosity in Arabic and is reflected in all the art pieces through a selection of verses from the Holy Quran that stress on the importance of charitable giving and solidarity with the less fortunate in Islam.
Mr. Mohammed Al Mahmoud, Director of the Religious Call and Guidance Department, at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, stressed that the Joud exhibition is a new approach help generate awareness and to spread the values of Islam through using the art of Arabic Calligraphy to write Quranic verses that convey the importance of giving and sharing in Islam.Al Mahmoud thanked Qatar First Investment Bank for sponsoring this exhibition, and helping to spread Islamic culture and art. He also thanked “KATARA” who is the cultural partner and ROTA who is the charity partner of the event.
QFIB’s sponsorship of this exhibition is in line with the Bank’s commitment towards supporting local institutions that promote cultural programs specifically those that help generate awareness and reinforce Islamic values, culture and art in the society.
Emad Mansour, Chief Executive Officer of QFIB commented: “We are pleased to be the main sponsor for Al Jood Exhibition organized by Fanar. As an independent Shari’ah compliant investment bank, we are keen to support local institutions that promote Islamic culture and heritage. Al Jood Exhibition has a noble mission. It is aimed at reinforcing the Islamic values and generating awareness for Islamic art into the community. It also aims at educating the younger generation about Arabic and Islamic identity.”
For his art, Al Arbili’s uses high quality natural materials and tools, such as traditional ink and specially treated paper ensuring that they can withstand the test of time. The exhibition will also display other forms of different Islamic arts such as sculptures of Arabic alphabet.
Three pieces of art from Al Arbili’s collection will be auctioned. The proceeds will go to Reach Out to Asia to fund their educational projects in Pakistan.
Mr. Essa Al Mannai, Director of ROTA thanked the Religious Call and Guidance Department and Fanar Centre for choosing ROTA as the official charity partner for the Joud Exhibition and expressed his gratitude in helping to support ROTA’s mission of providing educational opportunities for children in Pakistan.