World's largest Qur'an

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A calligrapher worked for five years to create the world's biggest Qur'an in a bid to show the world that Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war, it has been revealed.

The lavish book, with pages measuring 2.28 metres by 1.55 metres, has been certified as the world's largest by the Afghan ministry of Haj and religious affairs, according to the Kabul cultural centre that houses it.

The previous claim to the title was for a copy unveiled last year in Russia's Tatarstan region.

The Afghan Qur'an weighs 500kg and its 218 pages of cloth and paper, bound inside an embossed leather cover made from the skins of 21 goats, cost over 300,000 to create.

Mohammad Sabir Khedri, the master calligrapher behind the project, worked with nine students on a design that combines gold script with millions of tiny colourful dots, forming highly symbolic decorations around the giant pages.

"I wanted to use as many tasteful colours as possible to make this holy book look beautiful," he said, standing beside his enormous creation in a room built specially to house it.

Khedri not only created the masterpiece, he managed to keep it a secret for over two years. It was finished in 2009, but the binding and room to house it were not ready until the start of 2012, when it was finally unveiled.

The Qur'an is housed in a cultural centre originally founded in the 1980s, and once home to 50,000 books, a medical centre, and schools for Afghan crafts such as carpet weaving.

All of that was destroyed during the civil war that followed the 1989 withdrawal of Soviet troops, and the harsh Taliban rule from 1996.

But its founder revived the centre after the 2001 ousting of the hardline government, and his daughter - member of parliament Farkhunda Zahra Naderi - now also helps support its work and manages a much smaller library.

"The cultural centre is proud that it provided this opportunity for an Afghan artist to actually show his talent to the world ... We have Afghan people who show the positive aspect of Islam," Naderi told Reuters.

The giant Qur'an was her father's dream and a project he devoted himself to for years, Naderi said.

"Writing the Qur'an is a privilege, and ... of course if you can make the biggest Qur'an everyone wants to do it, because they want to show the feeling they have, the biggest feeling inside their heart," Naderi said of the project.

But as a devout Muslim, Khedri said he would welcome ceding his moment in the spotlight to an even larger Qur'an made by someone else.

"I will be happier if someone else makes a bigger Qur'an. It is serving Islam," he said with a smile.

Source: Guardian


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  1. Jamilu Gora from Nigeria

    What a great caligrapher...blessed with talent & ability to display innovative creativity.... There is none deity worthy of worship except Allah & Muhammad(PBUH) is His messenger...All thanks & praises are due to Allah,the most beneficent,the merciful..The giver of knowledge and [email protected] mubarak 2 all muslim ummah!!!

  2. Babandi A.Gumel from U.K

    Alhamdu Lillahi and Tabarakallah for this latest information that we are not aware of having the biggest Quran.We should remind ourselves that having big Quran or small does not matter or make any difference.Due to progress advancement and latest technology we are equally advancing.But advancement without Deen is like jumping into a well without adequate arrangment.That arragement is following the teachings of the Quran not only presenting nice and beautiful Quran.Alhamdu Lillahi is good but most important we must follow the teachings contained in this Holy Book. The question is do we follow the teaching of this Book?If we follow it we will be successful in both Duniya and Akhirah otherwise the Quran would be a hujjat (witness) against us if we don't practice the teaching contained in this Book in it there is no doubt is a sure guidance for those who believe in the Unseen who establish salah and pay from what Allah has provided for them and they are sure of meeting Him (in the Hereafter).So such people are rightly guided and they would be successful in both Worlds.May Allah make us follow the Quran and the Sunnah of our Prophet (S.A.W) and stick to it till death Amen.