LAHORE - Arabic calligraphy is a very effective tool to spread the message of Islam, said Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, while addressing the inauguration of All Pakistan Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition held Wednesday under the auspices of the university’s Majlis-e-Aloom-e-Islamiya.
As many as 110 students from different educational institutions of the country including GCU Faisalabad, LCWU, University of Sargodha, NCA and University of Education put on display their artwork at the exhibition.
Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman appreciated the work of students, saying that GCU wished to keep the unique art of calligraphy alive as it was an important way of expressing the true respect and love for Islam.  He said Islamic calligraphy was a symbol of representing unity, beauty and power. The vice chancellor said that GCU would also hold trainings and workshops to promote the interest of students in calligraphy.  
Speaking on the occasion, GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan said that aesthetic principles of Arabic calligraphy were a reflection of rich cultural values of Muslims, and a thorough investigation into the aesthetic differences between Arabic and non-Arabic calligraphy provided an approach for understanding the essential spirit of each culture.
Ashraf Heera, a prominent calligrapher and the winner of the International King Abdullah Calligraphy Contest, appreciated the efforts of GCU in promoting Islamic calligraphy in Pakistan, saying that calligraphy linked people and artists with Islam.