Sufi Comics has published its first book, 40 Sufi Comics! If you're not familiar with Sufi Comics, it's a series by two Bangalore-based brothers, Arif and Ali, which conveys various Sufi teaching tales and religious stories through the medium of web comics.
Okay, maybe Ali's not Jack Kirby, but the drawings are charming and expressive, and everybody has to start somewhere. I think the overall effect of the comics is consistent with the humility and simplicity of the Sufi path. And any time people can manage to transmit religious knowledge with some humour, we're all over that. I find it's "teachy" without being preachy.
The book is a collection of the first 40 comics they've produced, and it includes a page after each one with relevant verses from the Qur'an and traditions from the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions. Sometimes Ali includes a few thoughts of his own about particular comics. So even if you've followed the comics as they were published and read them all online, there's still material in the book that augments them.
The book is available for free download, and will soon be available in print from Amazon, which could make a nice gift for someone, especially those just beginning to learn about Islam. And of course, you can read all the comics online. Here are two of our favourites:
Neman's choice (note that the imam's face is not illustrated in keeping with Islamic traditions about depictions of holy personalities):
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