Egyptian artist seeks record with giant, hand-written Quran

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Saad Mohamed wants to submit his Quran for inclusion in Guinness World Records

Saad Mohammed turns the page of his handwritten Quran in Belqina, north of Cairo (Reuters)
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An Egyptian artist who educated himself after dropping out of school has spent three years creating what he hopes is the world's biggest Quran.

Saad Mohammed, who has hand-painted Islamic motifs on the walls and ceilings of his home in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo, has reproduced the Muslim holy book on a paper scroll 700 metres long.



Saad Mohammed rolls down what he says is the largest handwritten version of Quran in the world in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo (Reuters)

He displays the intricately decorated manuscript in a large wooden box with rollers at each end.

"This Quran is 700 metres long, and of course that's a large amount of paper," he told Reuters Television.

"I self-funded this project for the past three years - and I'm an average person. I don't have assets or anything."



Saad Mohammed reads from another version of Quran that he's handwritten at his studio, in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo (Reuters)

Mohammed wants to submit his Quran for inclusion in Guinness World Records.

Guinness says that while there is a record for the world's biggest printed Quran, there is so far no record holder for the largest handwritten version.

Mohammed says he is hoping for help with the costs of applying to Guinness from the government or any other interested party.



Saad Mohammed reads from another Quran that he's handwritten, at his studio in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo on 26 April (Reuters)

This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.