According to a tradition, Imam Ali bin Musa Ar-Reza (A.S.),
holy Prophet (S.W.)’s eighth infallible successor, was martyred on 29
Safar – the second lunar month. On this occasion, I’m presenting this
piece of writing paying homage to the holy Imam (A.S.).
The history of the handwritten copy of the Holy Qur'an calligraphed by
Imam Reza (A.S.) is not known but it is considered as a rare antique
historical work which was preserved in the royal treasuries.
The royal seals present in this copy proves that it was ascribed to be
calligraphed by Imam Reza (A.S.).It is famous that it was transferred
from a royal library in India to Iraq and its last custodian in Iraq
was a person by name Sayyid Ali Noori. After his death Allamah Amini,
the famous author of Al-Ghadeer in order to preserve this great
historical work transferred it to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.)
during the custodianship of late Agha Mehran.
Its features are:
1-It consists of 27 folios and 54 pages written in
Kufi script on skin. Each page consists of 16 lines.
2- The size of the page is 24 16.5 and the text is
written in 18 12.
3- The second page's vowels are in form of red, black
and green dots. After its twelfth line Surah Nur commences and on its
right side it is written in Arabic "Calligraphed by Ali bin Musa".
Below this line it is written in Naskh script that a person by name
Bahadur Khan has seen this book and beside this there are five seals
with these explanations.
A-It is inscribed in Nastaliq script "Hasan and Husain
are the successors of Ali".
B- It is inscribed in Nastaliq script "Al-Sultan
C- The third seal not readable.
D- It is inscribed in Thulth script "Huwallah al-Mulk al-Wahed".
E- It is inscribed in Thulth script "Huwallah Ta'ala Sha'nah Akbar".
4- On the top of the ninth folio of the book Ayatullah
al-Uzma Milani in the month of Jamadi al-Thani 1379 Hijrah ascertained
the authenticity of the this copy to be calligraphed by Imam Reza (A.S.).
5- This copy was bought during the custodianship of
Agha Muhammad Mehran and endowed to the library of the holy shrine of
Imam Reza (A.S.).
This unique copy is preserved in the Holy Qur'an
Museum of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.) in the holy city of