Exhibition of ancient manuscripts of Holy Quran
Filed Under: Media & Tech, World | Posted: 08/13/2012 at 4:59AM
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Srinagar, August 13 (Scoop News) - Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday inaugurated the exhibition of ancient manuscripts of Holy Quran organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages here. He was accompanied by Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Deputy Chairman Legislative Council, Mohammad Yousuf Taing and Minster of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani.
“It has been a delight to be able to see, first hand, the wealth of treasures that is with the
While witnessing the old manuscripts of Holy Quran prepared by renowned Kashmiri and other Calligraphers utilizing various calligraphic innovations, the Chief Minister granted Rs. 10 lakh for digitalization of these rear manuscripts. He directed the
Over one hundred manuscripts of Holy Quran including the one known as Nuskha Fatehullah Kashmiriis more than 700 years old. It is written by Fatehullah Kashmiri in 1238 AD.
Other manuscripts that attract visitors’ attention include a giant size copy of the Quran calligraphed by Mohiuddin Qureshi about 200 years back; copy of the holy book dating back to 1594 A.D and considered to be the only sample in the world written in saffron ink and a copy of the Quran gifted by the 16th century famous saint of Kashmir, Sheikh Hamzah, to one of his disciples. Among the commentaries of the Quran, significant manuscripts on display include Tafseer-i- Al-Kashaaf by Allama Zamakhshari relating to 12 century A. D. that the 15th century ruler of Kashmir, Zain al Abideen, is believed to have obtained from Makkah, the 12th century A. D. Tafseer-i-Kabir ,Persian commentary, Jawahir u Tafseer by Allama Tantavi and Tafseer-i-Baizavee of 14th century A. D”. On display are also the impressions of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) seal, his letter to the ruler of
Secretary JKAACL, Khalid Bashir Ahmad explained the Holy memorabilia to the Chief Minister and described the exhibition as a “window on rich cultural heritage of
“It is after 31 years that an exhibition of manuscripts of this size has been held in
Khalid said that he is exploring to hold a major exhibition of Kashmir Manuscripts in collaboration with the National Mission Manuscripts and other government departments. The focus of the viewers’ interest remained the early 13th century A. D. manuscript calligraphed by Fateh Ullah Kashmiri. The importance of the manuscript lies in the time of its calligraphy that moves backward into history the earliest presence of Muslims in