Translated by: Manal Samhat
A young man from Ad-Dhale’ City, Yemen, found the most ancient copy of the Holy Quran dating back to 200 H. in a cave on a rocky mountain to the south. He turned down many offers to sell the Quran, not even for 12 million Yemeni Riyals.
The Emirati News Agency reported that the copy was placed inside a rare waxy material and covered with a leather wrapping. It is worth nothing that the letters of the found copy are dotless and not vowelized. “Copied by the poor servant of Allah in 200 H.” is the expression written on the front page, which means that it is the oldest copy of the Holy Quran found so far. Moreover, preliminary tests confirmed its authenticity as well as the authenticity of the writings included in it.
Beside the Holy Quran a sword with a silver burnished handle on which “Thul-Fiqar” was written in a clear Arabic handwriting was found. This name is the name of the famous sword of Imam Ali (a.s.) which the Messenger of Allah (p.) gave to him as a gift, according to some historic narrations.
Despite the fact that the young Yemeni man received tempting offers to sell the Holy Quran, the last of which was 12 million Yemeni Riyals; i.e. 56 thousand dollars, he turned them all down according to some close sources…
The Holy Quran is the seal of all the revealed Divine Books. It includes all the righteous concepts, values and morals mankind needs to ensure its uprightness, success and development towards the best at all levels. Although a long time has passed since the Holy Quran was revealed, this Book remains vibrant and vital and it includes the cure and healing effect to the people throughout time.
In a related context, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says: “The Holy Quran is the Book that lights up our ways and the Book that Allah revaled to take us out of the darkness into the light. Thus, we ought to open up to it with all our intellect and understand its texts and apparent meanings it entails in an accurate scientific manner. We should not project our beliefs, trend and illusions on it; rather, it is us who should refer to it to rid our concepts from the elements of backwardness and the piles of illusion and misguidance that imposed itself on the general Islamic mentality.
His Eminence (ra) continues: The Quran is the only Book over which all Muslims meet, so why not be it the reference to which all Muslims resort in their beliefs, laws, methodologies and concepts in life, to maintain Islamic unity through it by referring to it and its Ayahs, in response to the call of Allah: “Surely this Islam is your religion, one religion (only), and I am your Lord, therefore serve Me.” (21: 92).
[Ijtihad between the Seizure of the Past and the Horizons of the Future, p: 138]
As for the religious opinion regarding the selling or buying copies of the Holy Quran, it is impermissible to sell the Book yet not in the sense of selling the Quran itself; rather, the buying and selling should be on the cover and papers that make up this book. Moreover, it is preferred to follow the accustomed way of giving out a copy of the Quran and giving some money as a gesture [of gratitude] in return.
[The juristic office, according to the opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)]