TEHRAN (IQNA) – A section of what may be the world’s largest Quran is set to be on display at Expo 2020 Dubai. Measuring over 5 square meters, this can be a potential world record.
The project is the creation of Pakistani-Canadian artist and sculptor Shahid Rassam, who has already spent five years creating several pages by hand in Karachi.
The former UAE resident now has a team of 200 specially trained painters and calligraphers and hopes to complete the 5 square meter Quran by 2026.
The pages measure 2.6 meters by 1.98 meters, and when completed, the holy book will have 550 folios and will be taller than the current largest Quran which is 2 meters in height and 1.52 meters in width, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Mr Rassam said he was not particularly religious, but was motivated by his desire to challenge preconceptions and face taboos.
âThe holy book has so far been written with the conventional methods of paper, cloth and animal skin. I wanted to take on the challenge of doing something different, and without even calculating the difficulties and difficulties, I just started working on it, âsaid Mr. Rassam, born in Hyderabad in 1971 and raised in Karachi.
The first suras
Two pages were posted as an introductory Sunday at the Pakistan Association Dubai. The large canvases were delicately painted in vibrant patterns, inspired by Turkish, Persian and Arabic art, and “the colors of nature,” said Mr. Rassam, who is also director of the Institute of Arts and Sciences. crafts from the Karachi Arts Council.
The verses of the Quran were arranged on top in gold-plated calligraphy and spelled out Sura Fatiha – the first chapter of the holy book, and the first four verses of Sura Al Baqarah, the second and longest chapter of the Quran.
The lettering is first made in terracotta, then in plaster of Paris, before being cast in aluminum and gold plated.
Ultimately, more than 2,000 kilograms of aluminum and 200 kilograms of gold will be used to complete the project, which is designed to last for thousands of years.
“This work will be the first of its kind, a piece by itself. I have high hopes and I have no doubts that people will appreciate it, both Muslims and non-Muslims. And when they see it, they will think about what is happening. is written and what is written. it means, and they will think about it, “Mr. Rassam said.
âI am not discouraged by the task, I am very confident that we will see it finished. Half the journey is done, and with each passing day it gives me new energy. And if you think about, what has been 10 years? of work for 1,000 years. “
The search for a global audience
Mr. Rassam hopes to display the Ar-Rahman Surah section of his Quran at Expo 2020 Dubai, and is working with Dubai-based businessmen and the Pakistani Dubai Association to find him a place in a suitable pavilion.
Surah Ar-Rahman, which means “The most beneficent”, will cover five pages and will cost 80,000 Dh to complete. Karachi artists and calligraphers plan to finish it in 20 days.
Several pavilions have already expressed interest in displaying the pages, but the artist and his supporters are hoping the Pakistan pavilion will register first.
Source: The National