Calligraphy is the art of beautiful, elegant handwriting. It is a fine art of skilled penmanship. In fact, Islamic calligraphy is considered to be Arabic calligraphy. Calligraphy has possibly become the most acclaimed form of Islamic art; the holy Qur'an was revealed in Arabic. Abdul Rasheed Butt aka Rasheed Butt is one name that needs no introduction in the realm of Islamic calligraphy.
Certain key personalities from Europe also influenced Butt’s work. In 1994 - when he nearly gave up on his art because the Pakistani government’s attitude towards calligraphy had disheartened him - esteemed German Orientalist and Islamic scholar Anne Marie Schimmel, urged him to continue despite the odds.