The Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran organized the exhibition in collaboration with the Rawalpindi Arts Council.
The exhibition is being held at Rawalpindi Arts Council on the occasion of Ramadan and the birth anniversary of Imam Hassan (PBUH), the second Imam of Shia Muslims. It will run until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Some 70 Qur’an manuscript copies of the Ganjbaksh Library, affiliated with the Iran-Pakistan Persian Language Studies Center, have been put on display at the event.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by Ehsan Khazaei, Iran’s cultural attaché in Pakistan, and Waqar Ahmad, chairman of the Rawalpindi Arts Council, as well as a group of Pakistani calligraphers and cultural figures.
Speaking at the ceremony, the head of the Rawalpindi Arts Council expressed appreciation to Iran for holding this exhibition.
He said these works of art and ceramics displayed at the exhibition are symbols of love for God, adding, “We pray to God to end the coronavirus outbreak and save us from this scourge so that all people could visit the exhibition.”
Waqar Ahmad noted that holding such an exhibition is useful for enthusiastic university students and artists, and stressed the need to develop and expand cultural cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.
Khazaei thanked the cooperation of Rawalpindi Arts Council in making the event possible.
Regarding the objectives of the exhibition, he said, “Our purpose in holding this exhibition is to promote and create a spiritual atmosphere for establishing a friendship with Holy Qur’an, as well as to make people aware of the exquisite and unique versions of the Holy Qur’an.”
Khazaei added, “Today, more than ever, Muslims need empathy and support so that they can overcome existing problems with each other’s help, and the best way to overcome our problems is the Qur’an, which is the axis of Muslim unity.”
“We have gathered here to hold an exhibition of the manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an. In this exhibition, we also see displays of calligraphy and other works of art,” he noted.
He said the Qur’an manuscripts displayed here show the depth of attention and familiarity of our past with the Holy Qur’an.
He added that this exhibition shows that spirituality and art always go together.
Source: Iran Daily