CAIRO – An Egyptian man hopes to enter the Guinness World Records with his 700-meter-long handwritten copy of the holy Qur’an.
“This Qur’an is 700 meters long, and of course that’s a large amount of paper,” Saad Mohammed told Reuters Television on Tuesday, May 2.
“I self-funded this project for the past three years – and I’m an average person. I don’t have assets or anything.”
Mohammed is an Egyptian artist who educated himself after dropping out of school.
Over the past three years, he has been working on creating what he hopes is the world’s biggest Qur’an.
He displays the intricately decorated manuscript in a large wooden box with rollers at each end.
Mohammed wants to submit his copy of the holy Qur’an for inclusion in Guinness World Records. Guinness says that while there is a record for the world’s biggest printed Qur’an, there is so far no record holder for the largest handwritten version.
The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
There is only one Qur’an which is in Arabic and many translations of the Qur’an in several languages.
There could be multiple translations by different authors in the same language such as English.
The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the archangel Gabriel who used to make the Prophet memorize the Qur’an and made him revise it every year in the month of Ramadan, the fasting month.
Memorizing the Holy Qur’an is one of the most important ways to preserve Allah’s message.
The others are to publish and distribute the book, or the text on the Internet and to recite the parts that one knows to other people.