Why Holy Qur’an Was Not Written On Paper?

Question

It is believed that the previous divine books i.e. Psalms and Bible were recorded in book form. If paper had been invented before the revelation of the Holy Qur'an then why was it written on leaves of date-palms and stones rather than paper?


Answer

There is no doubt that paper had been invented before the Holy Qur'an. There is sound evidence to prove that the Arabs used paper. It seems that it was not easily available to the Arabs. The reason is clear. Very few people knew the art of writing. The people who liked to write were forced to write on the material available to them. However, during the reign of the rightly guided caliphs the writing of the Holy Qur'an on was possible.

(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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