Mirwaiz foundation launches annual Hijri calender at Jamia Masjid Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 27 (KNS): Mirwaiz Foundation in association with Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jama Masjid on Friday launched the annual Hijri calendar for the year 1444-45 AH/2023 at Jama Masjid Srinagar

In a statement, the foundation said that this year the calendar is special as it is curated from a collection of rare manuscripts from Kashmir which illustrate the art of Islamic calligraphy, art of book illumination and book binding. 

"The calendar brings to view various illuminated decorative Quran codices, compositions of the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), poetical works in praise of Allah, the Prophet as also on human virtues and ethics dating from thirteenth century to nineteenth century." 

It reads it includes some of the oldest surviving manuscripts in Kashmir. "Most of these texts are rare and yet to be critically analysed and studied for their scholastic value. They represent an exchange of ideas and knowledge, both intellectual as well as artistic, between Persianate cultures and Kashmir and bring into focus the contribution of Kashmiris to the world of Islamic aesthetics (nizam-i jamaliyat)." 

It further reads these calendars are available at Jama Masjid, Srinagar and at Ali Mohammad & Sons book sellers. 

Meanwhile, Anjuman Auqaf expressed dismay over detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq since Augsut 2019. (KNS)

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