The world is undergoing a digital revolution, and with it our perception of value is changing. The use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to represent and convey religious values and principles is one of the most exciting manifestations of this new perspective.
NFT is a very new technology, but there is a lot of enthusiasm for its potential. There is great enthusiasm for the opportunities that NFTs provide in various sectors, including education and religion. The ability of the NFT to help teach and communicate religious values and beliefs is particularly fascinating.
Cryptooshala reached out to Deepali Shukla, founder and managing director of MetaDee, a new London-based NFT marketplace that has just launched exclusive Quran handwritten NFTs dating back to the beginnings of Islam. A unique manuscript of the Qur’an, believed to have been written between 632 and 1100 AD, is currently held by a Guardian family in Saudi Arabia. The copies have been certified and verified by Oxford University’s Archeology and Art History Research Laboratory after extensive investigation.
Shukla, a longtime art collector and aficionado, told Cryptooshala that she was forced to bridge the physical and virtual realms. She noted that in the field of NFT, a digital art token serves as the equivalent of a real work of art. Explaining the role of the NFT in Islamic societies, she emphasized that:
“For example, the writings of ancient times are often heard, but rarely appreciated in their full essence. Today, technology allows access to new treasures from their exclusive realm, while at the same time demonstrating their goodness to the general public.”
In the context of whether NFTs are halal or haram, Shukla responded that Islam is usually taught in order to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the world. she referred to crescentwealth.com.au, which says that NFTs can be used as a high-tech financial tool against inflation. Muslims, on the other hand, should remember that NFTs must adhere to halal principles, she noted.
According to Shukla, the digitization of sacred art makes it accessible to the general public as well as Muslims who follow Islamic culture. She added that it helps in spreading the important messages of Islamic scholars, poets and the timeless teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
“With the ability to reach non-Muslims and other institutions, NFTs can be easily accessed through mobile devices, laptops and various gadgets.”
Shukla believes in the potential of blockchain to provide value and disseminate Islamic knowledge. She said universities can store it on their cloud or network, and users can access such information across platforms, adding that:
“Digital learning and project sharing are integral attributes of NFT technology. Ed-Tech reduces the cost of education by facilitating inclusive education for the poor.”
When asked about the potential benefit of proper use of NFTs for the Islamic community, Shukla said that the NFT era seems to bode well for the Islamic community. She cited a MetaDee NFT version of handwritten manuscripts of the Holy Quran from 1500 years ago. She called it “the equivalent of entering a goldmine of cultural history” and noted that it would not have been possible without digitization and tokenization.
Credit : cointelegraph.com