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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I October 2009
Oldest copy of Quran
kept in Holy Qods
Dating to 870, the oldest handwritten on stones, weapons,
copy of Quran is being kept in the coins, wood, glass and
Islamic Museum in the holy city of pottery, which all display
Qods. the thriving Islamic art and
According to Jordon Official News civilization,” he added.
Agency, “The copy has been written “The Al-Aqsa” Library,
on deer skin and considered as the established in 1922, is
oldest existing handwritten Quran located next to the museum
in the world,” said “Khezr Salamat”, keeping 15 thousand
head of the museum. handwritten copies and
“One of the thickest copies of books on Islamic issues,
Quran is also being kept here along history, Arabic language
with other Islamic handwritten copies as well as Islamic arts and
and works as well as Islamic arts from works.”
various Islamic regions belonging There are also some
to the past 10 centuries such as oldest handwritten copies
Moshabehah fi Al-Rasm “ penned by
calligraphy, decorative arts, carvings dating back to 1181 like “Talkhis Al-
“Khatib Baqdadi”.
Indian teenager wins Dubai
international Quran Contest
“Ebrahim Hifiz Seyyed Ahmad eminent Islamic figure in the contest.
Muhammad”, Indian memorizer of “The contest was so competitive
the entire Quran, won the first place that the scores of 29 contestants
in the 13th edition of Dubai Award Int’l were over 90 while 26 scored more
Quran Contest. than 80,” said “Tariq Abdul-Hakim
According to WAM news agency, Al-Biumi”, Int’l Egyptian referee and
the awarding ceremony was held on head of the refereeing committee
September 11 in Dubai Commerce that included “Ali bin Muhammad Ali
and Industry Department with the Atif” from Saudi Arabia, “Abdul-Hadi
presence of “Muhammad bin Rashid bin Abdullah Hamitu” from Morocco,
Al Maktoum”, Dubai ruler, and “Abdul-Aziz Faz Matar” from Kuwait
“Majid bin Muhammad bin Rashid Al and “Barzak Shah Rahim Al-Azhari”
Maktoum”, head of Dubai Society of from Pakistan, who all displayed a
Art and Culture. fair judgment.
Representatives of India, Sudan The contest started on August
and Nigeria were the first three 22 in Dubai with the speeches of
winners that received 250, 200 and Muslim scholars and preachers.
150 thousand dirham respectively Then 77 contestants from different
and the next 7 winners (4th to 10th) countries started competing for the
were given 65 thousand dirham each. memorization of the entire Quran on
“Morad Hoffman”, famous German August 29.
Muslim author and researcher, was The contest ended on Sept 10 and
awarded 1 million dirham as the winners were awarded on Sept 11.
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