LONDON – Experts opinionated that we have found an oldest fragment of the Quran in manuscript form. It was found in Birmingham University on Wednesday.
Laboratory tests reported that the text came from the period between 568 and 645 AD. This text is held by the University of Birmingham in central England.
Fragment has same age as the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632, the university said in a news release.
“The person who actually wrote it could well have known the Prophet Muhammad,” David Thomas, professor Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, told the BBC. “He would have seen him … he would maybe have heard him preach. He may have known him personally — and that really is quite a thought.”
The carbon examination was executed by scientists at the University of Oxford.
Researchers and Analysts supposed the manuscript is among the oldest pieces of evidence of a Quran in existence.
The disclosure has cherished counselors of the city’s largest Muslim community.
Councilor Muhammad Afzal, who is the chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, said: “I am honored to see this manuscript, which is unique. It goes back to the early stages of Islam. All the Muslims in the world would love to see this manuscript.”
Now this fragment is part of a collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts help in the university’s Cadbury Research Library. Victorian-era businessman and Quaker philanthropist Edward Cadbury has funded this search.
The 2 parchment leaves are parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20. These pages are written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi.
“It is a treasure of global significance to Muslim heritage and to the study of Islam … and a source of great pride to the local community,” said Susan Worrall, director of special collections at the University of Birmingham.