Thousands attend spectacular display of Ghilaaf-e-Kaba, other holy artifacts at local mall

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King Salman granted special permission to send relics to Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

A large number of devotees, both the young and the old, turned up in large number at a local shopping mall to feast their eyes on the holy artefacts namely, Ghilaaf-e-Kaba and Baab-ul-Kaba and oldest manuscripts of Holy Quran put on display.
Embassy of Kingdom, Saudi Arabia has organized the spectacular exhibition for the general public. The exhibition is organized on the special permission of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to send the recently-changed Door and Ghilaaf-e-Kaaba to Pakistan. Secretary-General Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami, PML-N Chairman and Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq and Acting Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Habibullah Obaid Al-Bukhari jointly inaugurated the exhibition of the holy things.
The acting ambassador also handed over a key of Khana-e-Kabba to Raja Zafarul Haq as a mark of respect and love towards the people of Pakistan. Raja Zafarul Haq in his brief speech on the occasion thanked the Saudi King for his goodwill gesture to the people of Pakistan. This is a great honour and blessings for them to have their glimpses, said the Chairman of the PML-N.
He hoped that the exhibition would promote friendly ties between the two countries at the people-to-people level. Addressing on the occasion, the acting ambassador said the landmark exhibition at the Centaurus Mall would provide the visitors an opportunity to witness and feast their eyes on the sacred Door and Ghilaaf-e-Kaaba.
The display features ‘Ghilaf-e-Kaaba’ and more than twenty oldest Quranic manuscripts every produced from various countries including Turkey, Afghanistan, China, Kashmir and Iran. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish golden illumination, these manuscripts span almost 700 years of history—from 14th century Quran Written in ‘Khat e Bihar’, Persian ‘Dalail-al-Khayrat’ in 17th century, ‘Safvi’ Quran in 16th century, Quran written in Gold by Mughals in 17th century, verses in Chinese with stamp to 18th century Quran written in Kashmiri and many other oldest scripts.
This exhibition will continue for 25 days and would show the visitors stories of these extraordinary scripts and their makers. Visitors will come to know how the Quran was actually transformed from an orally transmitted message to the illuminated written form. This is first time that the Centaurus Mall is honored to exhibit Holy artifacts, said an official of the Mall.

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