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Quran in focus: King Fahd of Saudi Arabia Quran

One of the most popular Qurans in print is the King Fahd of Saudi Arabia edition, printed in Medina in 1405 Hijri (1984-1985) with millions of copies distributed throughout the world.

It carries the inscription: “A gift from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz for the spreading of Allah’s Word.”

These editions, like all copies of the Quran, today and for hundreds of years past, are the “Othmani” Quran, based on the copy of the third Caliph, Othman bin Affan (644-656 CE).

This Quran was printed by the renowned calligrapher Uthman Taha. Born in Syria in 1934, he acquired degrees in Shariah and Arabic language from Damascus. His first Quran was in 1970 for Syria’s religious authority. Taha moved to Saudi Arabia in the early 1980s to work at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran. He is famous for his beautiful, clear, easy-to-read style, making the Quran he printed one of the world’s most popular books.

The King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran, based in Medina, prints about 10 million copies of the Quran every year – more than 200 million copies since the printing works opened in 1985.

* Rym Ghazal

The first photo above is the opening.

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds:

Merciful to all,

Compassionate to each!

Lord of the Day of Judgement.

It is You we worship, and upon You we call for help.

Guide us to the straight path,

The path of those upon whom Your grace abounds,

Not those upon whom anger falls,

Nor those who are lost.

The second photo, shows the facing page are the opening verses of The Cow, 1-5.

Behold the Book!

No trace of doubt in it.

A guide to the pious,

To those who believe in the Unseen,

Who perform prayer,

And who spend from Our bounty;

Those too who believe in what has been revealed to you,

And what has been revealed before you,

And those who know for certain that there is an afterlife.

They are truly guided by their Lord;

These are truly saved.

Published: July 14, 2015 04:00 AM

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