Iraq – Binas, remote town in Sulaymaniyah preserves a five-century old Qur’an


Location: Sulaymaniyah – Iraq

Language: Kurdish

Voice: Natural

Duration: 00:04:56

Source: A24

Restrictions: A24 Clients

Dateline: 16-02-2022


People of Binas town, located on the Iraqi-Iranian border, Sulaymaniyah, preserve an old copy of the Qur’an, which they believe dates back to more than 500 years.

The Qur’an was known as the Book of Imam Dawood; attributed to one of the preachers in the village, who wrote it and recited it one thousand times.

The Qur’an has a historical and religious value to the people of the town and other towns as they come to swear on it.

This copy of the Qur’an is distinguished by rare paper, coated with an oily substance, while written in black and red ink.


  • (SOUNDBITE) Khader Abdullah – Owner of the old Qur’an:

“It is not known at what this copy of Qur’an was written but I think it dates back to 400 to 500 years ago and more. It was written by hand, and Imam Dawood had recited it. This copy was transmitted from one person to another and reached me 10 years ago and I will preserve it until my death. It is a holy book for Binas and it will preserve our town from all harm and evil.”

  • (SOUNDBITE) Ahmed Abdullah – Official of the Imam Dawood mosque:

“People from all the towns come to swear on it, because they believed in the power of the Qur’an, and because it is considered the prestige of the region. The copies of the Qur’an were few in the past, and this one was one of the rarest. It was named after Imam Dawood.”

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