The digital revolution is transforming the world’s view of value. This new perspective has many fascinating manifestations. One example is the use nonfungible tokens (NFTs), to represent and communicate religious values and principles.
Although the NFT is still a relatively new technology, there’s lots of excitement about its potential. NFTs offer many opportunities in many areas, including education and religion. There is a lot enthusiasm. NFTs’ ability to teach and pass on religious values is particularly impressive.
Cointelegraph spoke with Deepali Shukla who is the founder and managing Director of MetaDee. This new NFT marketplace based in London recently launched handwritten Quran NFTs. The Custodian Family of Saudi Arabia has the Quran manuscript. It is believed that it was composed between 632 and 1100 A.D. After extensive investigation, the University of Oxford’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art has authenticated and verified the copies.
Shukla, who is a long-time art collector and admirer, explained to Cointelegraph she felt the need to connect the virtual and real worlds. A digital art token in the NFT realm is equivalent to the actual artwork, Shukla said. She highlighted the following:
“Scriptures dating back to ancient times are, for instance, often heard, but rarely appreciated in their true essence. Technology allows us to access new treasures in their exclusive realms while simultaneously displaying their goodness to the public.
Shukla replied that NFTs can be halaal and haram depending on whether they are taught in Islam with the aim of adapting to the changing demands of the world. She referred to crescentwealth.com.au, which states that NFTs might be used as a high-tech financial remedy against inflation. Muslims must, however, remember that NFTs must follow halal principles.
Shukla says that digitalization of sacred artwork allows it to be available to all, including Muslims who practice Islamic culture. It helps to spread important messages from Islamic scholars, poets, and Prophet Muhammad’s eternal teachings (PBUH), she said.
“NFTs are able to be reached by non-Muslims as well as other institutions using mobile phones, laptops, and other gadgets.”
Shukla believes in the potential of blockchain to distribute Islamic knowledge and provide value. She explained that universities might keep the information on their cloud or network, but users could access it across platforms.
NFT technology is a natural tool for digital learning and project-sharing. Ed-Tech makes inclusive learning more affordable by lowering the cost of education.
Shukla answered a question about the benefits of NFTs being used properly for the Islamic Community. She mentioned MetaDee’s NFT translation of the Holy Quran, which was handwritten 1,500 years earlier. It was “the equivalent to entering a goldmine of cultural history,” she said, and added that it would not have been possible if it hadn’t been digitalized and tokenized.