Ambassador Poolthup (centre) with Dr Lux and Saadi A Al Said at the QNL Heritage Collection Building.
DOHA: Qatar National Library (QNL) has received a precious and valuable 200-year-old copy of Holy Quran as a gift from Thailand.
Panyarak Poolthup, the Ambassador of Thailand, visited QNL’s Heritage Collection Building and donated the holy book on behalf of his country as part of the Thai embassy’s efforts to promote cultural relations with Qatar.
The copy of Holy Quran was previously owned by Ustaz Yusuf bin Harun from the Southern Pattani Province of Thailand.
It was hand written in Makkah by Al Sheik Al Khatib Hud bin Mahmoud in 1236 of the Islamic Hijriyah calendar.
“We deeply appreciate this generous donation, as it symbolises the important historical and cultural relationship between Thailand and Qatar,” Dr Lux, Project Director of QNL, said. “It also supports our vision of bridging Qatar’s heritage and future with knowledge. This donation will not only enrich the library’s collection, it will also enhance researchers’ opportunities and provide library members with access to valuable, rare and historical materials.”
“HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited QNL’s Heritage Collection Building in January 2012 and was shown ancient copies of the Holy Quran. She deemed it appropriate to link the past to the present by donating a copy of the holy book to the vast collection; bridging cultural and academic ties between the Arab and Islamic world,” said Poolthup.