MEMORABLE FAREWELL GET TOGETHER AT CHAMBERLAIN ROAD;
ON DEPARTURE OF HAFIZ YUSUF FOR HIS WORK IN SAUDI ARABIA.
Two top calligraphers of our times were Hafiz Muhammed Yusuf for Nastaliq writing and Nafees Raqam for Arabic script. A number of calligraphers got together in a press building to say good bye to Hafiz Yusuf on his planned trip to Saudi Arabia, with desire to express his homage to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). The invitation was extended to me too. In real terms an odd man out, but it was the love of the calligrapher which pulled me and he did write a manuscript for me, which I still have.
There was an accident in Saudi Arabia and the calligrapher really suffered. Without any money or support, he came back, and had lost his calligraphy job at newspaper IMROZE too. B.A. Qureshi Sahib, Chairman Lahore Museum, gave a job to his son in the Lahore Museum as compensation for his great work. A job he still has there, up to the best of my knowledge. I salute not only a great calligrapher but with a non business attitude, he obliged everyone without even taking any renumeration. Allah may bless him in heaven!!