QURANS OF INDO-PAKISTANI REGION WERE IMPORTED FROM OTHER REGIONS
BUT WE DO FIND QURANS WRITTEN IN OUR AREA, LIKE LAHORE AND DELHI
Very few with scribes known
Some of the famous scribes of the initial Islamic period in this region are Mahmood Waraq, Sultan Hameeduddin Masood Ibraheem, Jamaluddin Lahori, Najeebuddin Abu Bakr Tirmizi, and many others. There is even a book dated 1044 AD in the Punjab University library written by Abu Hamid, a distinguished calligrapher of those times. It is written that Sultan Ibraheem placed a Quran written in his own hands at the Mazar of Ali Hujveri Data Darbar, which was there till the Sikh times.
A Quranic page of Ghaznavid era is with us and it was discovered saved in an ancient Quran in the Niwin Masjid Lahore. The naqashi indeed very historical as coming from a Lahore long forgotten. It is our pleasure to share this parchment with others.
The Indian region was known as MARKAZ-I- ISLAM-I- HIND after the Muslim rule, but in 1211 Sultan Iltutmish gave it a new title that of DARUL MULK HINDUSTAN and the capital Delhi as Darul Mulk Hazrat Delhi. For a long time it remained as such and we have coins of Emperor Humayoun dated around 1530, when it is still known by the same name. Darul Mulk Hazrat Delhi seems to have been adopted for use from 1211 to 1530. And within Humayoun’s own reign in the same year it became Darul khilafat Agra. So when we discovered a small size incomplete Quran written elegantly by scribe MAULANA JAMAL SON OF SHAMAS-UDDIN KATIB, we are sure that the scribe belongs to either the Lodhis or Babar’s period of reign. It is indeed a very early Quran in the history of regional Qurans. But this Maulana Jamal may be an earlier person, and we have the identity of Ustad Jamal uddin Lahori with us too.
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