Monday, July 20, 2015

RidzDesign Presents "Third Voice" - Featuring: Calligrafist [Video]

Starring: Calligrafist

Shot and Directed By: Ridwan Adhami

Words From The Director Below:

Are we talking about race and racism in our communities?
Are we talking about judgment and assumptions?
Are we addressing the issues we have within our own homes?
Are we serious when we say we don't hate or discriminate?
THAT is why I made this...
Because the first time I met this brother a little racist Arab inside me thought wow that black kid's Arabic is so good... and I paused and questioned myself... why did I just think that? That's why I made this...
I had the idea that night and walked up to him right afterwards and spoke to him about it... that was over 5 years ago...
We still aren't having those conversations in our community...
We are still having issues letting our sons and daughters marry black brothers and sisters...
We are outraged when innocent light skinned people are killed... and the whole community joins together to stand up against the injustice...
Why do we not stand up together to fight the injustice of our own people against our own people?
We can never truly realize that all lives matter until we realize that ‪#‎BLACKLIVESMATTER‬...
‪#‎killyourego‬ ‪#‎standup‬ ‪#‎takeonhate‬ ‪#‎endracisism‬ ‪#‎lookinthemirror‬ ‪#‎yeahisaidit‬

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Last 10 Days of Ramadhan #Ramadhan2015

Our lives are ever-changing - we experience both life and death, happiness and pain, achievement and failure, growth and stagnation, with the underlying element of each being a movement in some direction.  In the remaining days of this blessed month of Ramadhan, take a moment for yourself... Think back upon what you have gained so far and how you have changed.  Your achievements and your successes are just as important as your failings and your mistakes as each serves as opportunity to learn and grow.  Reflect not only on what you did but what you had the ability to do. Not all change is good and part of our growth lies in our willingness to acknowledge that we, like everyone, have our own shortcomings.  If you have wronged someone, do your best to make things right.  If you are holding onto some anger, let it go.  Any bitterness or jealousy and hate or envy - just let it all go. Your hearts are precious.  Free them of anything toxic for your own sake before anyone else's. Plan for the remainder of this month as if your were planning for the rest of your life and see that life as if all you had were hours instead of days. Embrace each of those hours that you have been blessed with by appreciating all that you have been given. If Allah presents you with the opportunity to be helpful to someone else, don't let that opportunity pass you by. Your worth and value will not ever be defined by your grades, your titles, your awards, your salaries or your credentials. What people will remember you by is how you treat them and how you honor the rights they have over you.

The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] said, "If any Muslim comes out of Ramadhan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser." 

May Allah Accept From Us All !



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What is Ramadhan ? | #Ramadhan2015

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting for Muslims. Each day during this month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking, sexual activity, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets. Fasting is intended to educate the Muslim in spirituality, humility and patience. It is a time to cleanse the soul, focus attention on Allah [God], and put into practice selflessness. Ramadhan is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of Allah and to put forward more prayer than is customary throughout the year.
Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and one of the main types of Islamic worship. Restraint from everyday enjoyment and curbing wicked intentions and cravings are considered as an act of compliance and obedience to God, as well as amends for sins, faults, and mistakes. Ramadhan is also called Ramadan [Ramadan is an english equivilant in pronunciation. The "DH" is closer to the Arabic sound]. During Ramadhan, Muslims request forgiveness for sins in the past, pray for direction and assistance in abstaining from everyday troubles, and endeavor to cleanse themselves through self-control and great acts of faith.
In comparison to the solar calendar, the Ramadhan dates differ, moving forward approximately ten days every year due to the fact that it is a moving holiday which is dependent on the moon. Ramadhan is the month in which the initial verses of the Quran were Revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
The name "Ramadhan" had been the name of the ninth month in Arabian tradition prior to the onset of Islam; the word itself originated from an Arabic root “rmdh”, in words like "ramidha" or "ar-ramadh” which means severe heat, burnt ground as well as shortness of provisions. Individuals say it is named Ramadhan because it burns out the sins with good deeds, as the sun scorches the ground. In the Quran, Allah declares that "fasting has been written down upon you, as it was upon those before you". In accordance with the first hadith, this is in reference to the Jewish custom of fasting on Yom Kippur.
The lunar cycle determines the Islamic calendar, therefore the month of Ramadhan, which is the ninth month commences with a mixture of the sighting of the new moon as well as astronomical calculations. The precise time of Ramadhan will at times vary from place to place because some depend a great deal on moon sightings, while others rely on science. The fasting phase finishes upon the sighting of the next new moon, which take place after 29 or 30 days.
Ramadhan conveys an extraordinary sense of emotional enthusiasm and religious eagerness among Muslims of all ages. Even though fasting is compulsory for adults alone, children as young as eight readily watch fasting with their elders. Children look forward to the thrill of the moon sighting and eating unique meals with their relatives. Adults are grateful for the chance to multiply their rewards from Allah and ask for pardon for their past sins. Ramadhan highlights Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood and customs and brings about a special feeling of closeness. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#GShockCamo x @TeamEpiphany - #CalligrafistPhotography [Photos]

Yesterday Evening, G-Shock x Team Epiphany Celebrated The GA100CM and GDX6900TC Camouflage Watches With an invite-only Camo Ball in Chelsea, NYC at Center548. 

 All Photos Below by: @Calligrafist #CalligrafistPhotography

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dope Interview With We Got That TV [Video]

On The Night of My Birthday We Got That TV Pulled Me Aside for an Interview... Thank You for The Opportunity to Express My Passions and Endeavors !

Thursday, April 09, 2015

What It Means To Be Muslim In America | Huff Post Live

In America, misperceptions and stereotypes can often cloud the way Muslims are perceived. Huff Post Live speaks with four American Muslims about what it's like to practice their faith in the U.S., from their most uplifting moments to their biggest challenges. 
The Conversations of "Muslims in America" is Always Intruiging to Me and Causes Certain Thoughts of My Upbringing, My Life Currently, and The Future of Islam in America... 
It's Inspiring to See My Big Sister Yasmine Yasmine Stepping into These Intellectual Conversations and Shining a Light on Islam [From The Point of View of a Hijabi Muslimah in America, of a African American Muslimah, and a Fashion Industry Insider]. Also to See Her Next to My Favorite Religious Teacher Sh. Yasir Qadhi, Made Me Smile Big and Proud[er] of Her.

Go Check The Video and Conversation, Share it and Open Your Mind and Hearts !

Thank You to Everyone Who Shines a Positive Light on Islam.


Jeremy Greene "Free Feat. Waka Flocka x Lil Jon" | #CalligrafistPhotography

So This is Pretty Dope !

Had The Pleasure of Being in The Stu When Waka Did His Vocals and Adlibs for This New Track From Jeremy Greene

Like The Homie Waka Said During The Recording "Follow The White Rabbit".

Check SOME Exclusive Photos by @Calligrafist Below !

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Locksmith - Blinded feat. Jarren Benton & Futuristic [Video]

My Brother Lock Got Another One, Feat: Jarren Benton x Futuristic #BARSSS !
Download on iTunes

Locksmith's Lofty Goals Coming 2015


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RESPECT Mag Feature: Photography x Calligraphy | @Calligrafist

It's an Honor to be RESPECT Magazine's Photographer for The Month of April 2015.

Written by: Jake Mayo

It’s undeniable that photography is art. Capturing one’s interpretation of what constitutes visual intrigue through the lens of a camera denotes inspiration. Visual art has not only been a staple of urban culture, but a cornerstone of it’s mainstream appeal. Ismail Sayeed (Calligrafist) is an artist who’s persistence and eye for imagery is setting his work apart. As an in-house photographer for New York’s SOB’s, a coveted music venue in Manhattan, Ismail has shot myriad acts including Raekwon, Stalley, Dej Loaf, Rae Sremmurd, Fabolous, and more. Incorporating his passion and inherent skill for Calligraphy, (decorative penmanship, art of writing) Ismail’s artistic reach and vision stretch far beyond the snap of a shutter. We sat down with Ismail to discuss photographing artists, calligraphy, cameras, inspiration, and how he plans to create a platform for curating art in it’s purist form and the steps he’s taking to transform that vision to a reality.

RESPECT.: Being a photographer and creative, where do you grab inspiration from?

Read The Questions and Answers on RESPECT !


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Meaning of Halal

Halal is often used in reference to foods and drinks, i.e. foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic law. The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue. 

The most common example of non-halal [or haraam] food is pork. While pork is the only meat that cannot be eaten by Muslims AT ALL [due to historical, cultural, hygienic concerns and simply because Allah said not to], foods other than pork can also be haraam. The criteria for non-pork items include their source, the cause of the animal's death, and how it was processed. 

The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices. Specifically, the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of God, most commonly by saying "Bismillah" ["In the name of Allah"] and then three times "Allahu Akbar" [Allah is the greatest]. Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck, causing the animal's death without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained. 

Muslims must also ensure that all foods [particularly processed foods], as well as non-food items like cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are halal. Frequently, these products contain animal by-products or other ingredients that are not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies. 

Foods that are not halal for Muslims to consume as per various Qurʼanic verses are: 



 Intoxicants and alcoholic beverages 

 Animals killed incorrectly and/or without Allah's name being pronounced before slaughter 

 Animals slaughtered in the name of anyone but "Allah". All that has been dedicated or offered in sacrifice to an idolatrous altar or saint or a person considered to be "divine". 

 Carrion [carcasses of dead animals, i.e. animals who died in the wild] An animal that has been strangled, beaten [to death], killed by a fall, gored [to death], or savaged by a beast of prey [unless finished off by a human]. 

Quranic verses regarding halal foods include: 2:173, 5:5, and 6:118-119, 121 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Tetsuo and Youth: Lupe Fiasco on Skee TV

DJ Skee sat down with Lu to discuss "Tetsuo & Youth" and entering a new phase in his life. Watch the interview where he talks about the meaning behind his album cover, leaving Atlantic Records, the 16 fans he lurks on social media, and more.

Monday, January 19, 2015

#TrustCalligrafy: Menu Tasting and Art Presentation | Friday Feb 6th

Trust in Us Catering and Calligrafy are Back With Their First Event of The New Year "Trust x Calligrafy: Tasting and Art Presentation" on Friday Feb 6th, We Will be Giving You a Taste of One of Our Menus for 2015 and Featuring Some Amazing Canvas Art From Around The Tri State Area...

If You Have Ever Tasted Our Food and Been to The Events We Curate, You Do Not Wanna Miss This. This is a Small Intro to What The rest of The Year Will be Geared Towards. Come Out and Support Us, There Will be Gift Bags, Live Art Performances, and Much More.

Tickets Can be Purchased Here:

Location: Nevada Smiths
100 3rd Ave, NY, NY 10003
Top 2 Floors

Pass Hor'douvere Menu:

Golden Four Cheese Fried Mac and Cheese.
Savory Aranchini 
Mango 3 ways

Herb and Mango Beef Satay

Tomato Mango Ricotta Citrus Moose,

Spiced Cheese Cake Tart with a Mango Gela
Artist That Will be Presenting:

Open Bar 7-8pm

Music by: DJ K-Dawg

Hosted by: @Calligrafist

Any Questions Email:


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Boys Will Always Be Boys... But Not Always Men !

If you are a young man, take steps towards really benefiting from the freedoms you've been afforded. Seek out mentorship and friends that will help you to reach your best. Take the time to step away from what everyone else does and figure out what you think makes the most sense to be doing with your time. Just because the world you live in lets you get away with most thing doesn't make it okay. Anyone can at the end of the day get a girl to go out with them. Anyone can be popular and athletic. Anyone can tell crude jokes or be tough and make fun of those that are weaker than they are. Not everyone steps up to responsibility, though, when the time comes. Not everyone takes on challenges instead of running away from them. Not everyone knows how to honor the rights of those around them. Not everyone knows how to admit they make mistakes and then do right by them. Not everyone knows how to have confidence in themselves and what they have to offer to the world. But at the end of the day anyone can be a boy, not everyone knows how to be a man. 
If it is in fact, a "Man's World," then at least let's fill it with better men.
The issue that escapes us is how it's unfair to young boys and men that we don't expect more from them. Automatically our tone and tenor changes to denial or outright refusal when this issue is raised, the result of which is a cycle that perpetuates itself of young men not knowing how to reach their potential or being creative in their own sense of aspiration. Instead, they end up being quite immature, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and lagging behind in their personal emergence of adulthood, especially when compared to their female counterparts.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year [2015] | New Artwork | By: @Calligrafist

New "Calligraphy" Art Work for 2015

By: Calligrafist 

كل عام و أنتم بخير

"May You be Well Every Year"


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nicki Minaj Q&A at SOBs: Nicki VIP Lounge | Calligrafist Photography

Hot97 Hosted Nicki Minaj at SOBs for Her "Nicki VIP Lounge" Q&A for Her New Album The Pink Print.

Ebro Moderated and Interviewed Her in This Intimate and Private Event for Her Fans and Select Media Outlets.
You Can Catch The Interview on Hot97...

View More Images Below...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Yasiin Bey - Talks Ferguson x Eric Garner on Stop Being Famous

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Artist and Stop Being Famous contributor Yasiin Bey had the following recorded statement to share regarding the Eric Garner grand jury decision, ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and around the world.

This is a MUST Listen

Links Below

Monday, December 01, 2014

Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth Album Cover and Tracklist

A Lyric on Canvas.
Pure Artistry...

Album is Set to Drop 1 20 15

Tracklist Below...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Believers Should Be Like The Bee...

قال صلى الله عليه و آله و صحبه و سلم : و الذي نفس محمد بيده إن مثل المؤمن كمثل النحلة أكلت طيبا و وضعت طيبا و وقعت فلم تكسر و لم تفسد
 The Messenger of Allah [may Allah bless him and grant him peace] said:
“By the One in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad the believer is like a bee which eats that which is pure and wholesome and lays that which is pure and wholesome.  When it lands on something it does not break or ruin it.”
  • 1. The bee only eats from flowers which are tayyib [pure and wholesome]. It is not attracted to repulsive things, unlike some other insects. Likewise the believer only eats that which is pure and wholesome.
  • 2. The bee lays or excretes honey which is also tayyib. Likewise only that which is good and wholesome comes forth from the believer, whether it be his words, his intentions or his actions.
  • 3. The bee is light and nimble and does not break the flowers upon which it lands, nor does it ruin them. Likewise the believer is gentle in his dealings with the creation and does not harm or ruin any human or animal or plant.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brother Ali at Knitting Factory [Calligrafist Photography]

Had The Pleasure of Being The Only Photographer at The Super Dope Brother Ali's NYC Stop for His "Home Away From Home" Tour at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Below You Can See Some Images, More on My Facebook.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ockz: Halal Chinese Food | Video by: @Calligrafist

The Big Brother "Ockz" Releases His BTS and Making of His New Project #HalalChineseFood... Official Project Coming Soon !

 Shot by: @Calligrafist and Edited by: @DirectedByMaziO


Saturday, October 11, 2014

$14.34 Thoughts...

The real world and the responsibilities it brings can get pretty heavy at times. We get pulled day to day by a monotony of distractions that give us a semblance of relief but usually are the cause of most of our tension. Chasing after the material world and everything it seems to offer can get heavy at times. A breather is both deserved and necessary for all of us. Those moments of taking a step back and making time for ourselves are crucial. 

 "True richness is not having many possessions. Rather, true richness is having a richness of the soul." ~ The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. 

What really makes life fulfilling? What gives us real contentment and not fleeting moments of satisfaction? As much as we want to keep moving forward, we sometimes need to take a step backwards to truly understand where it is that we are going and how to relates to where it is we'd like to be. By no means am I saying to give up on hopes and dreams or to stop being inspired towards any sense of aspiration. But really think about what it is you are giving up in order to "succeed." 

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Elliott Wilson's CRWN: BIG K.R.I.T. [Video]

Had The Pleasure of Being in Attendance at KRIT's CRWN Conversation... 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Importance of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah [Month of Pilgrimage]...

What is the significance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

 Dhul-Hijjah [the Month of Hajj] is the 12th month of the Islamic lunar year. It is during this month that the annual pilgrimage to Makkah [Mecca], known as Hajj, takes place. The actual pilgrimage rites take place on the 8th to 12th days of the month.

According to the Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him], the first ten days of this month are a special time for religious devotion. During these days, preparations are underway for those who are undertaking the pilgrimage, and most of the actual pilgrimage rites occur. In particular, the 9th day of the month marks the Day of Arafah, and the 10th day of the month marks the Eid al-Adha [Festival of Sacrifice]. Even for those who are not traveling for the pilgrimage, this is a special time to remember Allah and spend extra time in devotion and good deeds.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ArtIsLife: DSLR Glass Sculptures

Photo equipment distributor, Fotodiox has produced two glass sculptures in the likeness of a Canon 7D and a Nikon D90. They’re two thirds the size of the originals and can be used either as paper weights, bookends, or just simply laid on a shelf or table for everyone to bask in its beauty. 

And at $89.99 they’re far cheaper than the originals too.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Jaded - Locksmith Ft. Olamide Faison [Video]

Purchase Locksmith's A THOUSAND CUTS now on Itunes:


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