Batu Bersurat Terengganu


The Batu Bersurat, Terengganu or Inscribed Stone of Terengganu constitutes the earliest evidence of Jawi writing (writing based on Arabic alphabets) in the Malaya Muslim world of Southeast Asia. The Stone is a testimony to the spread of Islam offering an insight to the life of the people of the era as well as depicting the growing Islamic culture subsumed under a set of religious laws.

It is an icon not only in Terengganu, but in southeast Asia aswell. Historians believed it to be written on the 22nd February 1303. Proving that Islam reached Terengganu earlier than 1326 or 1386.
In Unesco International Advisory Committee meeting in Barbados on July 13, the 700-year-old inscribed stone have been listed as an item eligible for such recognition. ( according to Wikipedia )

It was actually accidentally discovered near Sungai Tersat at Kuala Berang, Terengganu, Malaysia by an Arab trader named Sayid Husin bin Ghulam al-Bokhari in 1899 after a flash flood hit Kuala Berang. The inscription on the stone proclaims Islam as the state religion of Terengganu

Kuala Berang is situated about 33 kilometers from Kuala terengganu and it is an historical place. Kuala Berang became famous when an inscribed stone was discovered here. The inscribed stone found was the earliest record of Islam in Peninsular Malaysia.