When Will Work On This Blog Resume?
The last ‘real’ post on this blog depicting verses from the Holy Quran was on August 31, 2012, i.e. more than a year ago. I often get comments and feedback asking to resume posting, or querying about when I plan to restart my work, or why I have stopped. I thought I would make a statement to clarify.
I have not stopped my work, nor have I grown tired of it. Insha Allah (God Willing), my goal is to have the whole of the Holy Quran depicted and illustrated, along with the tafseer (exegesis) and explanation, freely available on this blog for all. However, for that to happen, I need a lot of time, money and resources. Let me share you the work that used to go towards just making one verse.
Step 1. I would have to read and translate the verse, AND read up to three tafseers about the verse to understand exactly the context and explanation of the verse, along with the translation.
Step 2. Plan the scene out. Often I am not just depicting one verse, but a whole section of verses, so the planning is broader.
Step 3. Build and construct the sets.
As you can see, these require a lot of my time and resources. Often I have to take a whole day out just for a couple of posts. At some point, I also wanted to produce images of a higher quality. If you see works of other religions and their depictions, they have a very high standard. I wanted Islamic educational materials to be of equally high standards, if not better. For all of that to happen, I need time, resources, and money. Specifically, I needed cash for
- a new Macro camera lens
- a lightbox for better lighting, so I spend less time on post-processing
- more Lego
So, sometime last year, I had to make a decision. I did not want to have a “Donate” button on my blog and have to ask fans and readers to donate ‘fe sabilillah’. I wanted to give them a high quality product, so that they would feel happy with their purchase, and I could use the proceeds towards this ongoing dawah work. And thus I decided to concentrate my time and effort on producing a book, and I chose Surah Kahf as the Surah I will depict. I hope I can manage to sell a sufficient number of copies of my book, so I can raise enough funds to continue this work, and make other books in the future, insha Allah. At this point, the book is finished and I have ordered proofs from the publisher. As soon as I receive the proof copies, if I am happy with how everything looks in the print version, I will approve the book for sale. The publisher then does their own checks, and if insha Allah all is good, then the book will be available for purchase from the publisher as well as from me. Insha Allah the target date for the book launch is October 10, 2013.
After the sales of the book have reached a sufficient level, I will continue the work on this blog, insha Allah, completing Surah Qasas before moving on to other surahs.
I hope this clarifies the issue.