A double sided antique Arabic manuscript leaf from the from the Holy Quran dated 1722 AD (1135 Hijri). This 1 leaf with 2 pages represents verses of Surat al-Naḥl (The Bee). The beautiful handwritten script represents the classical Maghrebi style of North Africa.
A late Makkan sūrah, al-Naḥl was likely revealed shortly before the migration to Madinah. The sūrah takes its name from the discussion of God’s revelation to the bee in vv. 68–69. According to al-Qurṭubī, some refer to this sūrah as al-Niʿam (“The Blessings”) because of the many references to the blessings God has given to human beings. This sūrah is one of the most important of those in the Quran that point out the spiritual significance of nature. Substantial parts of this sūrah are devoted to the wonders of the natural world and to rehearsing the specific blessings that God has bestowed on human beings through natural phenomena, including various kinds of livestock and their benefits and uses, crops and vegetation, the celestial bodies, the sea and its bounties, and the mountains, streams, and other natural landmarks that guide human beings’ travel. Later the sūrah mentions the four drinks with which God has blessed human beings (water, milk, drink derived from the fruit of the vine, and honey; as well as the blessings of spouses and children and various kinds of dwellings and protections.
Item Number: 480
Manuscript Leaflet: Surat al-Naḥl
Country of Origin: Morocco
Height: 16.5 cm
Length: 11.5 cm
Frame: Brown with green mount