About 350 years ago Mughal
emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of
the famous Taj Mahal, commissioned his Arabic calligraphers to write the Holy
Quran for his son, Aurengzeb. He further instructed them to make sure that each
juz/para (or 1/30 part of the Quran) was completed on two pages or one
waraq (folio), symbolizing that Allah is
Shah Jahan’s calligraphers invested fifteen years of hard
labor to compose the unique manuscript, which became famous as the Quran Waraqi.
The manuscript was indeed a treasure of calligraphic art and a unique gift from
a father to his son.
Calligraphers in modern India have reproduced the
original after almost twenty years of dedicated effort and now their labor of
love is available to the general public.
All the pages of the manuscript
have been decorated with different styles of calligraphy and exquisite floral
* Outstanding Features of Quran Waraqi
Juz/Parah (1/30 part of the Quran) has been composed and penned painstakingly so
as to fit it on one waraq (folio), symbolizing that Allah is One. Hence the
name, Quran “Waraqi”.
* All pages of the Quran Waraqi
(except for the first four pages) contain 23 lines, symbolizing the period of 23
years over which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
* The Quran
text has been penned in "Jali" calligraphic style.
calligraphic styles have been used to write the “Bismillah” found at the
beginning of all but one surah of the Holy Quran. The evolution of the Arabic
script over the last 1400 years can be traced by examining these 113
* The colorful, decorative ornamental borders of the Quran
pages have seven different designs and seven different colors that represent
seven precious jewels and the seven stages (manazil) of the Quran.
Surah’s revealed in Mecca are identified by an icon of the Kabah. Medinian
surah’s are identified by an icon of the Prophet’s mosque.
* Al Azhar
Research Academy, Cairo, has certified that the calligraphy of
Al-Quran-al-Hakeem Waraqi is accurate.
* Printing Features
Total 220 Pages, including bonus materials.
* Physical Size of Quran
(Waraqi): 11.50 x 17.75 inches.
* Printed on extra heavy (170gsm), long
life, glossy paper.
* Gilt edged.
* Beautifully hardbound in Leather. The
cover has been hand-embossed in
gold by traditional artisans.
* The Quran (Waraqi) is boxed in a
wooden presentation box for safe storage. The box (about 12.5 x 19 inches) is lined
inside and covered on the outside with the softest velvet.
* A metal
stand is included for tabletop/counter display.
Bonus Materials included in the Appendix
* Images of four authentic Quranic folios
from the earliest centuries.
* Images of five authentic letters
written by the Prophet & his Companion’s in the earliest Arabic script have
been reproduced in full color.
* An index shows all the113
different calligraphic styles of “Bismillah” used at the beginning of each
* Inside front cover displays surah Alaq (96) and surah Muddaththir
(74) in "Diwani" style with "Kufi" borders.
* History of the Quran Waraqi
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1592–1666), commissioned the very first
edition of the Quran Waraqi. In 1911, the ruler of Tonk(Rajasthan, India)
commissioned a reproduction. In 1915, Maulana Yusuf Qasemi calligraphed a third
copy of the Waraqi Quran by hand. This printed edition of the Waraqi Quran is
a photographic copy of the manuscript lovingly penned by Qari Sayed Abdur
Rasheed al-Khattat, Noor Qalam, for The Islamic Wonders Bureau, New Delhi,
India, in 2008