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VOL 23 NO 58 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Friday, January 8 2016
Posted : 08 Jan, 2016 19:09:07 AA-A+
Quran copy in UK may be oldest, says UAE scholar
Quran copy in UK may be oldest, says UAE scholar

A UAE scholar who has examined the recently-discovered copy of the Holy Quran in Birmingham University, UK, has said that the copy could have been commissioned by Syedna Abu Bakr Al Siddiq, the first Caliph (AD 632 to 634) after Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) passed away. Jamal bin Huwaireb, managing director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, has photographed the ancient parchment. He told Khaleej Times that the radiocarbon analysis of the two leaves of the Holy Quran copy indicates that it could date back to the time of Syedna Abu Bakr. His analysis matches that of Birmingham and Oxford scholars, who have said that this was an "exceptional breakthrough" that will throw the door wide open for scholars. "The radiocarbon analysis ... dated the parchment - which contains parts of chapters 18 to 20 written in Hijazi script - to AD 568 and 645 with 95.4 per cent accuracy. And that dates the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)," he said. "Though some scholars thought that the Quran copies written and gathered at the time of Abu Bakr were burnt and no longer existed, some others believed that was not the case. I believe this manuscript is the root of Islam and will be a revolution in studying Islam." Some commentators believe that the Birmingham's copy complements the part preserved in France, which is believed to have been moved from Egypt at the time of Napoleon in the early 19th century. Bin Huwaireb pointed out that Abu Bakr had assigned the great companion Zaid bin Thabit - who was known for his brilliance, neat writing and sharp memory - to collect, examine and write the Holy Quran. "Bin Thabit reportedly managed to master the Hebrew language in just two weeks, and hence he was assigned to collect and standardise the copies of the Quran by the third Caliph Othman bin Affan," he said, according to Khaleej Times.



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