These revered relics are from the Sacred Trust Exhibition from Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and are on display for the first time in Brunei Darussalam. The exhibition also features various priceless Islamic artefacts and ancient relics from His Majesty’s private collection.
One of the swords, Al-Ma’tsur, was owned by Prophet Muhammad before he was proclaimed as Prophet and was a personal gift from Prophet’s Father, Abdullah. The 99cm-long sword engraved with Khufi Calligraphy and bearing the name of ‘Abdullah bin Abdul Muthallib’ was used in major events such as the War of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq.
An Islamic tour package highlighting Brunei as a sovereign Malay Islamic monarchy is also on offer. The 4d/3n Islamic-themed travel experience showcases the region’s Malay civilisations, religious practices and Malay cultural heritage within the Nusantara. It targets fellow Malays within the region as well as the Ummah at large.
The initiative was a result of a meeting between Brunei’s Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, and Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism during last year’s Asean Tourism Forum (ATF). The meeting explored how the two countries could complement each other to create an Islamic Civilisational Trail in Southeast Asia and track ancient and modern cultural practices within the Malay Archipelago.
Also on display were His Majesty’s personal collection of Islamic artefacts including Islamic art and miniature al-Quran, calligraphy in various styles, weaponry, scientific instruments and everyday objects from the Muslim world.
The Islamic Tourism and Exhibition 2011 is being held at the Darul-Ifta Building in Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja and is open to public beginning today till April 5.