Rare manuscripts on display at Academy’s Quranic exhibition

SRINAGAR: A 3-day exhibition of ancient manuscripts of Holy Quran was Monday thrown open here. Organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, the exhibition was inaugurated by Muhammad Yusuf Taing, renowned writer and former Director General Culture, Government of Jammu and Kashmir in presence of Haroon Rashid, In-Charge Secretary Academy.
Urging the Academy to protect its treasure trove and add to it, Taing complimented the Academy for organizing the event which provides an opportunity to have a glimpse of the State’s rich archival legacy.
Over one hundred manuscripts of Holy Quran including the one known as Nuskha Fatehullahi, written by Fatehullah Kashmiri in 1238 AD, besides rare specimen of calligraphic art are on display.
The manuscripts include a giant size copy of the Quran calligraphed by Mohiuddin Qureshi about 200 years ago; a 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. Some of the commentaries of the Quran on display are Tafseer-i- Al-Kashaaf by Allama Zamakhshari relating to 12th 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 Persia inviting him to Islam, letter written by Prophet Solomon to Queen Sheeba and the first revelation of the Quran written on the bone of a camel.
The calligraphy Section hosts celebrated artist Sadiqain’s calligraphy of the verses of Ar-Rehman, a chapter of the holy Quran.
The exhibition also has on display the manuscripts owned by Qazis, originally hailing from the old city and including the full text of the Quran calligraphed on a 25 ft x 2.5 inch scroll paper with 99 attributes of Allah.
Exhibition will remain open till July 23.