The inauguration ceremony for the world's largest hand written Holy Qur'an was formally launched in the presence of high level Afghan government delegation, key religious figures, religious scholars, and a huge audience in capital Kabul on Thursday.
The inauguration ceremony was also accompanied by opening of Hakim Nasir Khusraw Balkhi Cultural Center and arts exhibition displaying the history of Khurasan.
The initiative for the project was proposed and sponsored by His Highness Alhaj Syed Mansoor Naderi.
The drawing and painting work of the world's largest Holy Qur'an took almost 5 years to complete by an artistic team under the supervision of Hakim Nasir Khusraw Balkhi.
The composition work was started in September 2004 and was completed in September 2009, with at least two years of continuous work for the shafting and archiving work.
The calligraphy work has been done on 218 pages, having a dimension of 228 cm length and 155 cm width. All the 30 parts of the Holy Quran has been done in 30 different designs.
His Highness Syed Mansoor Naderi while speaking during the inauguration described the completion of the art as a major achievement for the Afghan nation and all Muslims in the world.
The second deputy for president Hamid Karzai Mohammad Karim Khalili conveyed his message for the inauguration of the world's largest Holy Quran Calligraphy and opening of the Hakim Nasir Khusraw Balkhi Cultural Center. He said, the completion of the world's largest Holy Quran calligraphy is a major achievement for the Afghan nation and conveyed his congratulations remarks for His Highness Syed Mansoor Naderi.
Also, Afghan Senate House speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar handed over Appreciation Letters to His Highness Syed Mansoor Naderi, Mr. Sabir Yaqoot Hussaini Khedri and his 9 students who were involved in the calligraphy of the world's largest Holy Quran calligraphy.
Thecalligraphy work was also praised by Hujat ul Islam Waez Zada Besudi and described the initiative as a vital and major service for the history and culture of Afghanistan.
The inauguration ceremony was also accompanied by the appreciation remarks from Nematullah Shahrani Afghan presidential palace adviser and religious cleric. He also spoke on the history of Khurasan and urged for more steps for further recognition of Nasir Khusraw Balkhi.
He also praised the work of His Highness Syed Mansoor Naderi towards the cultural and historical services.
Several other congratulatory messages were also sent on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony by civil organizations, political parties, religious and cultural personalities.
Source: Ghanizada, "World's largest Holy Quran calligraphy inaugurated in Kabul" Khamaa Press December 12, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today