Feature

With No Arms He Still Became A Calligrapher

With No Arms He Still Became A Calligrapher

At the age of seven, Ahmed Hakim was run over by a tram which led to both his arms and his right leg being amputated.

Yet, that did not stop him from chasing his dreams. He sought a rehabilitation institution to learn any craft so that he may make a living, but he was immediately rejected.

“Your hands and leg…Three missing limbs means you can’t make it here!” they told Hakim. Still, he insisted again and again until they allowed him to join.

While at the rehabilitation institution, he was inspired to become a painter after watching another young man with missing limbs painting.

“He used to press his arms together to hold a pen and draw,” explains Hakim.

calligra

“I used to contemplate his drawings and wished to learn and become a painter like him. And I became one.”

After leaving the institution at the age of 15, Hakim decided to approach calligraphers in Alexandria in order to learn more about calligraphy.

“I was overjoyed,” says Hakim, who worked as a calligrapher from the age of 15 to 20, writing banners and signs for stores, mosques and more.

When he turned 20, Hakim attended an interview at the Egyptian Advertising Company where “everybody around had gathered to watch that ‘handless’ calligrapher with much curiosity.”

“I worked there as a calligrapher for 20 years after which, thank God, I became a supervisor of advertisements,” explains Hakim of his journey from being a young, seven-year-old boy with no arms to becoming a supervisor at one of Egypt’s marketing firms and retiring at the age of 60.

Yet, Hakim hopes his story does not only inspire those with similar handicaps, but also any Egyptian youth.

alexca

“It really upsets me every time I see a young man just standing in the street, washing car windows at traffic lights, asking God for more, sitting there with no job,” says Hakim.

“He should go out there and discover. God tells us to do something and He will help us on the way. Afterwards God will ask you: you have the benefits of hands, legs, and you are just wandering in the streets and unable to do anything?”

“The youth should work and not give up. Do whatever it takes! If there is no hope, there is no life, because when there is life there is hope.”

Millions of Egyptian Children Struggle As Child Labourers
Eight Sailors Missing After Egyptian Naval Patrol Attacked By 'Terrorists'

Subscribe to our newsletter


Feature

More in Feature

01ea6fda4ec705de1f0d8307df4aad284af86e9fad1a6e2ae0a0f14630297bf5

Meet the Company Redefining Egypt’s Health Insurance Market

Enas El MasryDecember 4, 2016
13920532_1736726203248967_2577116043429050990_o

Making #HerStory Matter: Promoting Gender Equality on Arabic Wikipedia

Egyptian StreetsNovember 27, 2016
ahmed saied

‘We Made Chess Out of Soap’: Exclusive Interview with Released Political Prisoner Ahmed Saied

Aya NaderNovember 23, 2016
Students watch a movie being projected in the playground

The Oromo in Egypt: Why Have 11,000 Ethiopians Fled Their Homeland?

Nada NaderNovember 15, 2016
Trump at an early campaign event in New Hampshire on June 16, 2015. Photo by Michael Vadon

Egyptian Expats Weigh in on Trump Victory, Express Fear of Rhetoric

Aswat MasriyaNovember 12, 2016
An employee counts money at an exchange office in downtown Cairo
Credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ Reuters

Timeline: The Egyptian Pound Over the Last Five Decades

Aswat MasriyaNovember 3, 2016
Photo courtesy of Blue Ocean PR

The Four Pillars of Happiness: Egyptian Lifestyle Consultant Discusses Wellness

Salma El SaeedNovember 2, 2016
pablo-breast-cancer

How You Can Help the 45,000 Egyptian Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Each Year

Egyptian StreetsOctober 31, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.