Holy Qurans Preserved

Thousands stored in the tunnels of Jabal Noor-ul-Quran in Quetta District, Balochistan, Pakistan

Jabal Noor-ul-Quran is a cave located in Quetta District, Balochistan, Pakistan (name derived from mountain Jabal-e-Noor in Mecca1).

Jabal Noor-ul-Quran was started in 1992 when two brothers; Haji Meer Abdul Samad Lehri and Haji Abdul Rasheed Lehri devised a tunnel system to keep and preserve vintage/old copies of the Holy Quran.2

Mount Jabal-e-Noor-ul-Quran, which is a few kilometers away from Quetta city, is a place where deep inside its tunnels damaged or worn out copies of the Holy Quran, brought from all over Pakistan, are preserved. During the holy month of Ramazan, a large number of people pay visit to this place where the oldest known copies of the Quran are displayed in glass shelves. There are over 100 caves, which have been carved without any machinery. They are home to copies of Quran dating back to the 11th and 12th century.3

1

Jabal al-Noor (Arabic: جبل النور) is a mountain where the Prophet ﷺ would spend time worshipping and reflecting. He received the first revelation in the Cave of Hira (Arabic: غار حراء) situated near the summit of the mountain. Located near Mecca in the Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia.

2

"El cementerio de los coranes viejos." Agence France-Presse (Spanish version), March 3, 2016. NewsBank: Access World News – Historical and Current.