Khawajah Abdul Samad came from Kabul to Lahore at the invitation of Emperor Humayoun and headed the new Mughal studios for Emperor Akbar. An artist of exceptional caliber, he was dedicated to traditional aesthetics. He came along with his two sons. One was Muhammed Shareef, both a calligrapher as well as a painter. The other was named Behzad after Khawajah Abdul Samad love for his inspiration Kamaluddin Behzad. We have works of both the sons on record, but there are works in which father worked with his sons on their works as a kind of joint production and as an act of art education. We have already written on Behzad Lahori.
Some scholars believe that as an old man, Muhammed Shareef also wrote some calligraphic specimens for the Mosque of Nawab Wazeer Khan, although others believe that Muhammed Shareef is different. But no one can say that with certainty. A calligraphic item is in the archives of Chughtai Museum. We add a few pictorial images of his art.
Various Mohallas exist in the city of Lahore named after painters. M.A. Rahman Chughtai has listed many in his book on the same subject. One Mohalla is named Sheikh Basawan, and it exists to this day. He is called Sheikh because he embraced Islam in later life. History records same.