Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashed Al Maktoum has launched the world's largest book - which is a book on the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
It is the largest, the heaviest, and -- at Dh11 million -- the most costly book in the world.
The launching ceremony was attended by a constellation of the UAE's top officials, diplomats, VIPs, high-profile businessmen and investors as well as prominent scholars and researchers and media figures.
This Is Mohammad highlights the lifetime achievements of Islam's Prophet and the everlasting great influence of Islam on the international and humanitarian scene.
The most important goal of this project is to disseminate public awareness about Islam and Muslims, and to highlight aspects of the life of Prophet Mohammad, said the owner and publisher of the great book.
The 420-page book weighs 1,000 kgs and is five metres in height and four metres in width.
The new book has already entered the Guinness Book of Records.
The book, a new world record, has been made of a fine mixture of paper and leather, and printed out in Germany," said Hossam Hamid, Advisor to Mshahed Group Dubai.
Guests at the official unveiling got the opportunity to participate in the "One Million Signatures Campaign", and spectators were able to take pictures, sign on it and purchase a mini version of the book. The book will travel around the world to collect signatures from across all nations.
Sheikh Hamdan has ordered the publishing of 50,000 normal size copies of the book at his own expense as a prelude to handing them out to all target audiences cand expatriate communities in order to help them get better acquainted with the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
"Dubai releases 1,000-kg book on Prophet Mohammad" Kuwait News Agency February 28, 2012
Ahmed Shaaban, "Book on Prophet enters world records" Khaleej Times February 28, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today