India, Iran are important centers of Islamic calligraphy: Mahmood Ali

Hyderabad: Telangana Interior Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali opened an exhibition on the Holy Quran and the art of Islamic calligraphy at the Salar Jung Museum on Tuesday.

Speaking about Indo-Iranian cultural relations, Mahmood Ali said: “There have been cultural and civilizational relations between India and Iran since ancient times. These relations are still flourishing between these two countries, especially in the field of Islamic calligraphy.

“The calligraphers of these two countries have spared no effort to preserve their combined cultural art of Islamic calligraphy,” the minister said.

The exhibition was held during the holy month of Ramadan with the joint efforts of Noor International Microfilm Center, New Delhi, Salar Jung Museum, Jamia Nizamia, Siasat Daily, National University of Urdu Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Idara Adabiyat Urdu.

This exhibition held at Mir Abbasyar Jung Hall, Western block, Salar Jung Museum is privileged to display a complete chapter of the world’s largest manuscript of the Holy Quran measuring 2 x 2 meters (when opened) with a height of 2m and a width of 1 m.

The event began with the recitation of the Holy Quran by the eminent Qari and Muezzin Rizvi Ustad Abul Fazal Nazdar.

“India and Iran are the two most important centers of Islamic calligraphy in the world. Iranian calligraphers have played an important role in promoting calligraphy in Hyderabad Deccan,” the minister said.

The Minister congratulated Noor International Microfilm Center New Delhi, Iranian Cultural Center, Siasat Daily, Jamia Nizamia and Salar Jung Museum for holding this exhibition.

Vice-Chancellor of National Urdu University Maulana Azad, Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan also addressed the gathering. “I personally know the director of the Noor International Microfilm Center in New Delhi, Dr. Mehdi Khwaja Peer for 45 years, who single-handedly dedicated his life to the preservation of Islamic manuscripts,” Hassan said.

The head of IRI, Dr. Aga Nasiri, came specially from Delhi to participate in this program.

Iranian Consul General in Hyderabad, Mehdi Shahrukhi also expressed his joy for this exhibition.

Distinguished guests include Farooq Hussain MLC, Professor Shakoor and Siasat Daily Editor Zaheeruddin Ali Khan.

Siasat displayed a total of 130 calligraphic samples daily while 135 samples were displayed by the Noor International Microfilm Center New Delhi. These samples caught the public’s attention.

Three books by eminent Islamic scholars were also inaugurated during the ceremony.

A five-day workshop to learn calligraphy is due to start today. Those who wish to learn Islamic calligraphy can take advantage of this opportunity.