Rare Qur’an manuscripts a major attraction in Madinah

Rare Qur’an manuscripts a major attraction in Madinah
A large number of pilgrims visit the exhibition during Umrah and Hajj seasons. (SPA)
Updated 02 August 2018

Rare Qur’an manuscripts a major attraction in Madinah

Rare Qur’an manuscripts a major attraction in Madinah
  • A number of manuscripts can be seen for the first time, written over different eras in various forms and images
  • Manuscripts in their original form as well as a Kaaba cover dating back 140 years among those shown in exhibition

JEDDAH: An exhibition of the Qur’an in Madinah, held next to the western squares of the Prophet’s Mosque, highlights the greatness of the book of Allah and the importance of its glorification and history. It aims to introduce visitors to the holy book in a museum-like presentation.

The sub-goals include the call for learning and teaching Qur’an; highlighting the greatness of the Qur’an; understanding the history of Qur’an, displaying the special technologies of the Qur’an; and demonstrating the efforts of the Kingdom in caring for the Qur’an.

Raja bin Ayesh Al-Juhani, exhibition director, told the Saudi Press Agency that articles in the exhibition — open from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. and then after the afternoon prayer till 9 p.m. — are in Arabic, English, Urdu, French, Indonesian, Turkish and Hausa. 

About 22 people work at the exhibition, divided between guides and translators, to highlight the historic and modern efforts of the Kingdom to take care of the Qur’an and old manuscripts, as well as talk about calligraphy, photos and items related to the holy book.

The exhibition is divided into a number of halls, including one displaying a short film about the content of the exhibition and how to be guided through it. 

Al-Juhani said that the exhibition tackles the phases of the revelation of the Qur’an, aspects of its Suwar, Verses … It also describes how the Qur’an has been collected and arranged since the time of the Prophet and the Rashidun Caliphs, and how it came to be printed the way it is now. 

The exhibition shows how it is examined, organized and maintained to control the Qur’an text without errors or misinterpretation. Visitors will learn about how the Qur’an is currently being written.

The Kingdom’s efforts are shown through the King Fahd Glorious Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah and the diversity of its publications through audio and video clips, Al-Juhani said.