Bangladeshi calligrapher from Kaaba Kiswa obtains Saudi citizenship


Mukhtar Alam Sikder. Photo: collected


Mukhtar Alam Sikder. Photo: collected

Mukhtar Alam Sikder, Bangladeshi expatriate and calligrapher of the Holy Kaaba Kiswa, obtained Saudi nationality by royal decree.

The directive was issued on November 11 to grant citizenship to skilled foreigners, from various professions, under the “Vision-2030” announced by Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Mukhtar currently works as the chief calligrapher of the Holy Kaaba Kiswa in Mecca, according to the Saudi Gazette.

He has exhibited his main calligraphic works at international exhibitions and forums, and has lectured and lectured on calligraphy skills.

His calligraphy work is studied at the Institute of the Holy Mosque in Mecca.

Mukhtar, on the occasion of obtaining citizenship, was received by the imam of the Great Mosque of Mecca.

The imam presented an award to Mukhtar during the reception program on Sunday.

He also commissioned a proposal for the establishment of an independent Arabic calligraphy academy under the leadership of Mukhtar.

Mukhtar Alam Sikder is the son of Mufizur Rahman bin Ismail Sikder of Lohagara upazila of Chattogram. His family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Mukhtar graduated from the famous Umm al-Qura University in Mecca and is currently pursuing a doctorate while teaching at the university.

He also worked as a calligrapher for diploma certificates, postgraduate and doctoral degrees. Mukhtar has received numerous awards and distinctions from various international organizations.

Mukhtar Alam has been interested in calligraphy since he was a child.

From 1978, he studied for two years at the school of calligraphy of the Great Mosque of Mecca.

He has been working as an Arabic calligrapher for over 40 years.


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