Muscat: Keeping with the tenets of Ramadan, Oman gave the world a gift of first Omani-printed Quran, which was launched by Sayyid Haitham Bin Tareq Al Saeed, Minister of Heritage and Culture.
Along with the first printed Omani edition of the Quran, an electronic version was also launched at a ceremony attended by the members of the royal family, ministers and the senior officials on Monday night at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Auditorium.
An exhibition on 'Islamic Art in Oman' was also opened at the Grand Mosque at the Baushar district of Muscat.
The e-Quran, developed by the ministry in collaboration with the International Technology Company, is the first e-Quran version of its kind in the country.
"The e-Quran will be available to all users from the ministry's website, so that they can benefit from it in science, culture, study and research domains," Dr Salim Bin Hilal Al Kharusi, Director-General of Islamic Guidance at the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, told newsmen before the formal launch of the Quran and its e-version.
He also pointed out that the Omani edition was the product of sincere Omani efforts in terms of writing, management, production, calligraphy and decorations.
"The Omani-printed edition of the Quran is a reflection of hard work put in by young Omanis, with its own distinctive Omani imprint," stated the top ministry official.
The Omani edition of the Quran is a new Quranic masterpiece by Omar Kamal Al Quddousi, a renowned Egyptian calligrapher, who teaches at the Omani Calligraphy and Administration Institute, and Salim Bin Khalfan Bin Sulaiman Al Balushi, Director of Omani Calligraphy Institute. Al Balushi was involved with writing as well as its technical and administrative supervision.
"All 30 parts of the Quran were supervised by a committee from Al Azhar University in Egypt and the Ministry of Awqaf Religious Affairs," revealed Al Balushi.
Deco Type - linguistic experts and designers of computer-aided typography - have designed the electronic Quran.