Naveed Ahmad Khan
Islamabad: On the blessed occasion of Ramadan-ul-Mubarik, the exhibition of the rare and ancient manuscripts of the Holy Quran was inaugurated in Islamabad Monday.
The exhibition of Quran manuscripts under the Iranian Embassy and Iran Pakistan Persian Research Center was inaugurated today in Islamabad.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held in the presence of Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini, Chairman of Ideological Council of Pakistan Qibla Ayaz and Cultural Consul of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ehsan Khazaei.
A large number of Pakistani calligraphers, activists and art lovers participated in the event. The exhibition includes dozens of original manuscripts of the Quran, some of which are accompanied by Persian translations.
During his address at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of manuscripts of the Holy Quran, the Iranian ambassador praised the cultural initiative and the Persian Research Center of Iran and Pakistan and said: holding this exhibition is a step towards the respect and promotion of the Holy Quran.
And to promote the concepts and culture of this Holy book, it is a step towards establishing intimacy with the Quran, which informs the people and those interested in Quranic culture about the wonderful, unique and handwritten versions of the Holy Quran.
He said that the existence of 800-year-old copies of the Holy Quran is an emphasis on the historical status of the legacy of the Prophet (PBUH) and we hope that this event will be a strong incentive for Islam and its followers to read the Quran and to follow the teachings of Quran.
The Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan further said that the Holy Quran is an essential axis for the unity and closeness of the hearts of the Islamic Ummah and the blessed existence of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is the axis of unity, love and compassion.
As the Chief Guest of this spiritual event, the head of the Islamic Ideology Council appreciated the cultural initiative of the Iranian Embassy and said: It is an honor for every Muslim to participate in this exhibition, because we are the followers of Islamic.
He described the enthusiastic participation of people in the exhibition of Quranic manuscripts as a manifestation of the long-standing friendship between the people of Iran and Pakistan and the cultural ties of the two neighboring countries and said: The holy month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for Islamic culture and Iran and Pakistan’s strong cultural and people’s commonality can be promoted.
Cultural Consul of the Iranian Embassy in Pakistan, Ehsan Khazaei, also described the exhibition of the manuscripts of the Holy Quran as useful for interested students and artists and emphasized the need to promote and increase cultural and artistic cooperation between the two countries.
In this exhibition, along with 45 Quranic manuscripts, calligraphy panels and works of art have also been presented and placed before the public. The Quranic exhibition continues for 7 days.
The Iran Pakistan Persian Research Center has more than 500 manuscripts of the Holy Quran, which could not be displayed due to lack of space, and only 45 selected copies of these manuscripts are on display for the first time in this exhibition.
These Qur’ans, whose writing dates back more than 800 years, are written in beautiful Nastaliq, Thulth Naskh calligraphy, and some of them are decorated with gold water and other colors and patterns of flowers and shrubs.