During the time of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, Arab traders have come to China through the Silk Road and introduced Islam. In 650 Ad, the 3rd Caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan r.a. has sent official delegations to China during the Tang’s Dynasty. The rulers of China in the period were ordered the construction of mosques in the city of Chang’an, which is the starting point for the birth of Islam in China and further expand into other districts.
The conquest of those Monggul to China and Persia were spreading the influence of Islamic culture and the relationship between China and the Islamic world. During the Ming dynasty, the success of the Government at that time was much influenced by an understanding of the Islamic world. At that age, many Muslims in China held high positions in the Government.
However, the influence of Islam had declined during the Qing’s dynasty. For 500 years, gold plated Al-Quraan was brought by Muslim Arabs of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of East Turkistan (Xinjiang) to Yunan, China and Malaysia. It is believed that it was made in the 16th century to the 18th in Nasakh script.
The Quraan has been through tough time in the early 20th century because at that time the Chinese Government has banned the learning and teaching of the Al-Quraan and the Arabic writing with all their records were burned including many artifacts that have influence the Islamic world has been destroyed. However, this Al-Quraan has successfully rescued and became the only Al-Quraan that finish gold from China.
This version of the Al-Quraan is gold plated handcrafted with the influence of Islamic art are very valuable to Islamic heritage. It contains 28 set (19-20 pieces per set). The Quran (the Ottoman influence) stored in 14 boxes of finish. The size of each box is 23.5 cm long, 17.5 cm wide and 3 cm thick.