Given the closure of museums due to the spread of COVID-19 in Iran, the National Museum of the Holy Qur’an will provide virtual tours on its website at www.quranmusuem.ir concurrent with Qadr Nights (the nights of the 19th, 21st and 23rd of the holy month of Ramadan), said the head of the museum.
Hojjatoleslam Fakhruddin Saberi told Iran Daily that as all museums are on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, measures have been undertaken to pave the way for Holy Qur’an lovers and museum audiences to visit the museum.
“They could use the capacity of cyberspace and online video sharing sites, including Apart, to visit various parts of the National Museum of the Holy Qur’an,” he added.
He noted that it is only museum of Iran dedicated to the Quranic arts, adding that numerous copies of the Holy Qur’an are kept in various museums of the country, including Astan Quds Razavi Museum in Mashhad, the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi and the Museum of Hazrat Masoumeh in Qom, in the central province of Qom.
“Several rare manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an are also kept in the Islamic section of the National Museum of Iran but none of the above-mentioned museums is working specifically on the field of the Holy Qur’an,” he pointed out.
Saberi said the National Museum of the Holy Qur’an, built in an area of 10,000 square meters, was launched 14 years ago with 40 Qur’anic works, adding that, at present, more than 670 valuable Qur’anic manuscripts are preserved in the museum.
He said a number of historical and cultural artworks, including handwritten manuscripts and stone-carved Quranic inscriptions, prayer books and muraqqas as well as books of famous Iranian poets including Sa’di Shirazi, Hafez and Rumi, whose poems are related to the Holy Qur’an are preserved in a section of the museum.
“Quranic artworks dating back to the period from the fourth century AH to the Qajar era are safely protected in the museum,” he added.
The museum chief said the contemporary artists’ works including paintings inspired by Qur’anic stories and Qur’anic calligraphy works are kept in another section of the museum.
Saberi noted that the museum also features a collection of artifacts, including coins, dishes, boxes and vases that have Qur’anic verses and hadith.
He believes that a large number of valuable and rare copies of the Holy Qur’an are kept in inappropriate conditions in various parts the country, adding, “Thanks to the cooperation of the officials in charge of mosques, holy shrines, provincial endowments and charity affairs organizations and cultural heritage departments, we are determined to collect and restore them in the National Museum of the Holy Qur’an.”
He said the names of individuals who donate ancient and rare Qur’ans to the museum will be written on the authenticity of the artworks, which will be showcased for the public.
“In order to preserve rare copies of the Holy Qur’an, the museum is prepared to purchase valuable artworks from their owners at an estimated price,” Saberi noted.
The National Museum of the Holy Qur’an is located at the junction of Imam Khomeini and Vali-e-Asr streets.