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IIOJK man writes Quran by hand on a 500-metre scroll

Srinagar, July 28 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in a laudable achievement, a 26-year-old man from remote Bandipora district of North Kashmir has hand-written the Holy Quran on a 500-metre-long paper scroll.

Mustafa-Ibn-Jameel, a resident of Tulail area of the frontier Gurez, who had embarked on the project last year completed this calligraphic feat in three months.

Mustafa-Ibn-Jameel in an interview said that it took him two months to arrange for the special art paper for calligraphy that he got from a factory in Delhi as it was not available in the open market. He said that then he got a special calligraphy ink for it.

He said even though the project was concluded in June this year, the calligraphy part – done in Naskh font – took three more months. “Border designing took about a month. I designed it with about 13 lakh dots. Then the whole roll was laminated,” he said.

Mustafa-Ibn-Jameel said the project was completed in Delhi with a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh. “It was my heartfelt desire to write Quran,” he said, adding, initially he took calligraphy to improve his handwriting. Then, I started writing a few chapters of the Quran and felt so happy in doing so, that it occurred to me that I should use my God-given gift to do something unique, he said.

The Quran has 450 pages and each page is 14.5 inches wide, he said.

Mustafa-Ibn-Jameel said his family was always appreciative of his passion and kept supporting him throughout the project. He said he wants to pursue his art further and is working on some other projects which he did not want to share yet.

Mustafa-Ibn-Jameel art has won him recognition from the Chennai-based Lincoln Book of Records – an independent NGO initiated to admire and to promote hidden talents of the people across the globe.

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