The Restu Foundation was established in 1988 as a non-profit organization under Companies Act 1965. It aims to spread the message of Islam throughout the world, to strengthen the faith of Muslims and revive the field of Islamic arts.
In 1994 Restu Foundation made a history in Malaysia by being the first foundation in the country to developed and copy Al-Qur’an manuscript, something that was never accomplished since the fall of Malacca 500 years ago.
The Restu Foundation has spent more than 1.8 million Ringgit (approximately half a million of US dollars) on research work covering arts of copying and illuminating Al-Qur’an as well as on Malay culture and Islamic culture worldwide.
The Restu Foundation dedicated itself to compile and record the traditional cultural motifs of the Malays that are clearly influenced by the Islamic culture for every state in Malaysia.
The year 2000 was a special and blessed one for Restu Foundation where it successfully produced and distributed Al-Qur’an Musyaf Malaysia to the public. The wide and positive response that Al-Qur’an Musyaf Malaysia gained encouraged foundation to produce a special and enhanced edition of Al-Qur’an, Al-Qur’an Musyaf Malaysia Taba’ah ‘Ain At-Taqwa, which saw the light in 2003.
Restu Foundation lunched a series of exhibition on the art of the Al-Qur’an in 1998 within and out of Malaysia to expose Muslims to Islamic arts and the creative work carried out by the foundation. Since a few years ago, the Restu Foundation has its own exhibition and production center known as Selangor Islamic Arts Garden Complex (Riyadh Fannil Islam), located in Selangor state.
The fruits of labor and the support the foundation receives from the government of Malaysia namely from the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the Chief Minister of Selangor, encouraged the foundation to continue including more fields related to Islamic arts. The complex currently hosts more than eleven different fields related to Islamic arts including Islamic arts college.