Manama: A young man in Yemen has claimed that he has found the oldest surviving manuscript of the Quran.
The book was found inside a leather cover in a cave in the mountains south of the city of Dhale in the southern Yemen.
According to Yemeni Arabic news site Aden Gulf News, the words ‘the manuscript was handwritten in 200 AH’ (815 AD) were inscribed on the first page, and preliminary tests have indicated that the copy was genuine, making it the oldest in existence.
The young man, who was not identified, has reportedly been offered large sums of money for the manuscript, Gulf News reports.
The man has, however, has refused to give it away, preferring instead to keep it with him.
The news site said that the young man also found a sword believed to have belonged to Ali Bin Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammad.