Jordan – Syrian refugee determined to realize his dream of creating world’s largest Holy Quran

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Location: Irbid – Jordan
Language: Arabic
Duration: 00:04:12
Sound: Natural
Source: A24 in Jordan
Restrictions: A24 subscribers
Date: 11/11/2022

Storyline:

Visual artist, Riyad Al-Radi, has returned again to work on his project of creating the world’s largest version of Holy Quran made entirely out of wood, after the parts he had created were destroyed and burnt during the events of 2011 in Syria.

Artist Al-Radi, Syrian refugee living in Jordan, told A24 he wants to register his work after its completion in the Guinness Book of World Records by drawing the attention of non-Arabic speakers to the Holy Quran and its content, noting that the project will be presented using an electronic engineering design that turns the wood panels.

Each page is made entirely out of wood as wood panels with a height of 3 meters, a width of 1.85 meters and a weight of 100 kilograms. The total weight of the book after completion will be about 30,000 kilograms.

Shotlist:

  • Soundbite (Riyad Al-Radi – Syrian visual artist):
    “My project is about creating the world’s largest Holy Quran. The goal is for this idea to reach the largest possible number of non-Arabic speakers around the world. I want my project to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. The weight of the book will be 30,000 kilograms, which makes it one of the heaviest books to exist. The thickness of the book is about to 11.33 meters. The book will be opened and closed mechanically and electronically. It will be translated into all languages of the world through plasma screens, when a page of the Holy Quran is on the display screen, it will be scanned by the device and translated into the required language. “
  • Soundbite (Riyad Al-Radi – Syrian visual artist):
    “When I came to Jordan, I restarted working on my project. I started the project in Syria before migrating to Jordan, I was working on Surat Al-Baqarah but was unable to finish due to the events in Syria at the time, which was 11 years ago. I am now working on Surat Al Imran. I faced many challenges and obstacles including the pandemic, but I’m working on the project again.”
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