Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Qur'an

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Qur'an

Tim calligraphy from the Koran Afghanistan finally managed to make the world's largest. It took five years for the team to complete the copy of the Koran.

Success is a solace that the Afghan people trapped in the war for 30 years. Success was also showed to the world that the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country ready to rise.

Qur'an measuring 2.28 meters (90 inches) x 1.55 meters (61 inches) have been certified by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Hajj Afghanistan as the largest in the world. Previously, the world's largest Koran owned by Russia. The size is 2 meters x 1.5 meters.

Qur'an which has 500 kg (1,100 lb) has a number of pages as 218 sheets. The cover is made of goat skin. To make this Qur'an, the team needs a half million dollar fund.

The project leader, Mohammad Sabir Khedri, saying he led the team wanted the Qur'an uses a lot of colors that makes the impression of beautiful and holy. He claimed to have trouble to hide the project for over two years. Luckily, the project finally was finally completed.

"Insha Allah, the Qur'an will be on display this year," he said as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday (17 / 1).

Later, the Qur'an will be placed at the Cultural Center in Kabul Afghanistan. Cultural center built in the 1980s before it was destroyed during the Soviet occupation and Taliban regime. However, the cultural center was finally rebuilt in 2001.

"Proud to be the cultural center of the opportunity to save the work of a talented artist Afghanistan," said Head of Culture, Zahra Farkhunda Nader.

Naderi said the write copy of the Koran is a special case. Therefore, many Muslims who have not had the opportunity to write a copy of the Koran.

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Qur'an

An Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world’s biggest Qur'an, 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.

The lavish book has pages 2.28 meters (90 inches) by 1.55 meters (61 inches) in size, and has been certified as the world’s largest by the Afghan ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs, according to the Kabul cultural center that houses it.

The previous claim to the title was for a 2-meter-by-1.5-meter copy unveiled last year in Russia’s Tatarstan region.

The Afghan Qur'an weighs 500 kg (1,100 lb) and its 218 pages of cloth and paper, bound inside an embossed leather cover made from the skins of 21 goats, cost half a million dollars 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 colorful dots, forming highly symbolic decorations around the giant pages.

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

Secret for over two years

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 center originally founded in the 1980s, and once home to 50,000 books, a medical center, and schools for Afghan crafts such as carpet weaving.

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

But its founder revived the center after the 2001 ouster of the hard-line government, and his daughter — member of parliament Farkhunda Zahra Naderi — now also helps support its work and manages a much smaller library.

“The cultural center 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.

A father's dream

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 one 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, calligrapher 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.

1.Calligrapher Mohammad Sabir Khedri (C, R) gives information about the biggest Qur'an in the world to Afghan officials during its inauguration ceremony in the Hakim Nasir Khosrow Balkhi library in Kabul on Jan. 12, 2012. (Reuters)
2. The Largest Holy Quran in Inonesia

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