Descending from a Sufi family, A. Z. Shimul has been driven by the thoughts and philosophies of Sufism since his early years. He was also inspired by mysticism that depicts the belief that union with the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
As a result, his paintings embody mysticism that itself entails a different kind of humanistic feeling and mindful sensation where music plays a vital role. Shimul states, ‘The world beyond the general sense is the world of immortal love that provides meaning for so-called mystical and visionary experiences, and related experiences like trances. Mystic poets, bards and musicians like Rumi, Lalon and Alfu Dewan were the believers of this thought.’ His paintings take in his beliefs and understanding of the teachings by Rumi and Lalon, and exhibit a rare beauty of motion and emotion that is just mellifluous.