MUÄLA - Preserved for centuries in a prayer rug, a 1200 year-old handwritten Qur'an and tafsir books have been found in a Turkish mosque in MuÄla province in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey.
We did not give it any importance thinking that it was an ordinary Qur'an, YÃ¼ksel KÄ±lÄ±nÃ§arslan, the imam of Tepecik Mosque where the Qur'an was found, told Anadolu Agency reported on Monday, September 16.
But I realized that it is handwritten and the figures on it show that it dates back to 1,200 years ago.
Located in Aegean resort town of Bodrum, Tepecik Mosque has been the local since 1737.
Earlier this month, the 1200-year-old handwritten Qur'an was found in the basement of Tepecik Mosque in Turkey's Bodrum district in MuÄla province rolled in a prayer rug.
After a series of examinations by historians, it has been confirmed that the Qur'an dated back more than a thousand year.
After informing Bodrum's Mufti Emin ArÄ±k, the Qur'an copy was repeatedly examined by historians, who found that the Qur'an dated back for more than a thousand year.
I went to Ankara to talk to officials and they asked me to give it to the relevant institute. KÄ±lÄ±nÃ§arslan said.
The Qur'an copy was handed to Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in a ceremonial event.
Officials said that the handwritten Qur'an will be sent to a manuscript library in Ä°zmir after undergoing some maintenance.
The Qur'an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
There is only one Qur'an which is in Arabic and many translations of the Qur'an in several languages.
There could be multiple translations by different authors in the same language such as English.
The Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the archangel Gabriel who used to make the Prophet memorize the Qur'an and made him revise it every year in the month of Ramadan, the fasting month.
Fragments from a large number of Qur'an codices were discovered in Yemen in 1972. They are now lodged in the House of Manuscript in Sana'a.
Tests date some of the parchments to 645-690 AD, however, archeologists said that calligraphic datings have pointed to 710-715 AD.
One of the three Qur'ans attributed to Uthman, the Samarkand Kufic Qur'an is preserved at Tashkent. It is believed to be of a date between 595 CE and 855 CE.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net