540 handwritten and printed Mushaf or Al-Quran are exhibited at the Mushaf Gallery of Balai Khazanah Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja. The gallery houses some of the oldest A-Quran aged one thousand years, as well as those which are 800, 600, 500 and 400 years old.
The Mushaf Gallery displays a 382 pages giant sized Mushaf measuring 1300 by 690 centimetres. The Mushaf written with black ink in the Naskh script is decorated with motifs in the shape of flower leaves and an Islamic geometrical frame. The huge Al-Quran was written in 1205 Hijrah.
Also on display is a 100 percent handwritten Mushaf by Muzaffer Demir from the town of Gaziantep in Eastern Turkey.
Seven Al-Quran published by Brunei Darussalam are exhibited as well.
The unique beauty of the Mushaf Gallery is highlighted by the arrangement of 594 pieces of stone Al-Quran aged 400 years old on the gallery's walls inside and outside. The pieces of stone Al-Quran are chiseled inscriptions ordered by an Indian Mogul or Muslim King, Sultan Muhtiddin Aurengzeb in 1078 Hijrah.
The gallery also showcases 2 Al-Quran about one thousand years old which are still in mint condition.
The Mushaf or Al-Quran on display are handwritten and printed in various styles or scripts including the Naskh, Kufi, Tuluth, Parsi and Jawi. They are from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
There are other unique mushaf in different sizes and designs, including one that can only be read by using a magnifying glass as well as several small leaf-shaped Al-Quran.
The mushaf or Al-Quran are also from different periods such as the eras of Safawiyyah, Mamluk, Zandiyyah and Qajar. These holy books are decorated with a variety of motifs including Islamic geometrical shapes. The mushaf come from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Source: Radio Television Brunei