Topkapı Palace welcomes Aşk-ı Nebi exhibition for prophet’s birthday
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
The exhibition ‘Aşk-ı Nebi’ is being organized for the 1,433rd year of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. It can be visited until July 15 in Istanbul.Within the scope of the Holy Birth Week, events were organized for the 1,433rd year of the birth of Prophet Muhammad and a new exhibition titled “Aşk-ı Nebi” was opened at Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace.
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and Tourism Ministry, the exhibition’s opening ceremony was held at the Topkapı Palace Enderun Treasure.
Religious Affairs Directorate Head Professor Mehmet Görmez said they determined a theme for the Holy Birthday Week every year, adding, “Last year it was ‘Prophet Muhammad and Human Honor.’ This year we will focus on ‘Religion and Sincerity’ because all of our Muslim brothers in the Islamic lands should reconsider their relation with Islam.”
In the exhibition Aşk-ı Nebi, many artifacts, including the bowl in which the Prophet Muhammed drank water from and the letter he sent to the Egyptian Governor Mukavkıs, are being displayed.
Mushafı Şerifs (handwritten copies of the Quran) from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, Siyer-i Nebi (an epic about the life of Muhammad), and Muhammadiyah books, as well as pieces brought from Medina to Istanbul and more are on display.
The exhibition is considered as the most important classical Islamic arts affair. Pieces by foreign calligraphers are on display for the first time.