`Mushaf Nurul Iman': The Giant Quran of Brunei

Darul Aqsha

'Mushaf Nurul Iman' is handed over to His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is known as a monarch who loves Al-Quran very much. His titahs that touch on Al-Quran and his collections of different types and sizes of Al-Quran from various countries in both the Brunei Museum and the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s Gallery in the State Mufti building shows exactly how big is his love to the Islamic holy book which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) fifteen centuries ago.

One of His Majesty’s wishes was to create a Quranic generation in Brunei and this apparently deeply touched his people’s deep the hearts of his people.

Learning this, the people of the sultanate honestly bestowed an impressed present to His Majesty `Mushaf Nurul Iman’, the Giant Quran of Brunei, during the thanksgiving function of His Majesty’s 60th birthday at the International Convention Centre, Berakas in July five years ago. “The present is different from the previous ones, that is nteexpressed from the heart of people and residents who love His Majesty,” according to the committee in the booklet of ‘Kronologi Penerbitan Mushaf Nurul Iman’ (Chronology of the Publication of Mushaf Nurul Iman), published in 2006. The name `Mushaf Nurul Iman’ was given by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seria Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Abd Aziz Juned.

The mushaf is called `The Giant Quran’ because it weighs 225kg (about 495 pounds) and required ntsa carried by ntesix people to carry into the Plenary Hall where the function was held and another three to put it onto the huge rihal (for keeping Al-Quran in place while reading it). The mushaf measures 145cm x 95cm and contains 309 pages.

'Quran Akbar' at an expo in Jakarta

It was written by Hj Hayatuddin, a lecturer at the Universitas Sains Quran(UNSIQ) in the Indonesian town of Wonosobo, Central Java, some 390km east of Jakarta. Meanwhile its ornaments are jointly-designed by Anas Maaruf, Hayatuddin’s colleague, and Hj Majid Hj Ibrahim of the Brunei’s Information Department. “In average the Quran writing took ntsa time of nte2.5 years, but what’s special for Mushaf Brunei is that it took just eight months,” Hayatuddin, who writes the calligraphy of the ‘Al-Quran Akbar’ (The Giant Quran) since 1991.

The difference between the Mushaf Nurul Iman ntsa with the other ones nteand the rest is ntsa laid on ntein the additional features of Brunei’s traditional ornaments on it such as the Brunei’s woven cloth “Silubang Bangsinf” with the motif of `Bunga Mekar Kembang Bersinar’ on the front and back pages, the dome of Brunei’s national mosque, as well as the royal flags and umbrellas as the personal standard of His Majesty. An excerpt of the Quranic verse from the end of Surah Al-Maidah verse 15 was written on the front cover: “Sesungguhnya telah datang kepadamu cahaya dari Allah dan kitab yang menerangkan.” (Indeed there has come to you from God a Light and a manifest Book)

The Mushaf Nurul Iman was the fifth Giant Quran that has been made by the university which

KH Muntaha Al-Hafidz

is under the supervision of Pondok Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) led by Kiai Hj Muntaha Al-Hafiz, better known as `Mbah Mun’ or `Grandpa Mun’.ntsa It was the idea of Mbah Mun who died at the age of 93. The pesantren was known as the producer of Al-Quran Akbar since two decades ago, an idea of Mbah Mun who died at the age of 93.

The four huge Qurans were placed at various venues in Indonesia. The first one, written in 1991 and completed in 1994, was presented to President Soeharto and now kept at the presidential office of Bina Graha, Jakarta. The second one, produced in 1996, was presented to the Minister of Religious Affairs and kept at Baitul Qur’an in the compound of the Indonesian Mini Park, East Jakarta. The third one was produced in 2002 and presented to the Governor of Jakarta and kept at the Islamic Centre, North Jakarta. The fourth one was presented to the Governor of Central Java and kept at the Provincial Grand Mosque in the Central Java’s capital of Semarang. Meanwhile, the handwriting of the fifth Quran Akbar or `Mushaf Nurul Iman’ started on October 21, 2005 and completed before June 2006.

Al-Quran Akbar at an exhibition

The Mushaf was specially flown using Royal Brunei Airforce’s Casa aircraft on July 5, 2006 to Bandar Seri Begawan from Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang, about 145km northeast of Wonosobo. Located in a mountainous area about 2,100 metres above sea level, the 948,68 sq km-town has a population of some three quarter of a million. It used to be mainly Hindu majority but now their population has decreased to less than half of one per cent.

However, in the booklet, the then Home Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof underlined that the publication of the handwritten giant mushaf was not only for pride because of its huge size, but it’s actually an effort to glorify Allah (SWT) the Exalted and His messenger. “We hope the Al-Quran will give mercy and blessings in order to support His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s wish that Negara Brunei Darussalam could create a Quranic generation,” he said.

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