IIt is light as a feather, fits easily in the palm of the hand, and is preserved preciously, almost jealously, by its owner, the smallest Koran in Egypt is a pure jewel of inestimable value. And not just because it’s adorned with gold…
19 millimeters long, this unique copy of the Holy Book of Islam, whose width does not exceed 15mm and the calligraphy was magnified in Turkey, is a little gem of miniaturism which is definitely not for sale!
144 years old, this tiny Koran which is the pride of Abd Youssed, the happy Egyptian who inherited it from his own father upon the latter’s death, has such historical and emotional value as all gold of the world could not be enough to tear it from his hand.
And yet, the purchase offers, each more incredible than the last, have continued to arrive over the years, all coming up against the same irrevocable veto. All were swept aside by its incorruptible owner, who became a real local glory in the governorate of Menoufia, where his grandfather was born.
An ancestor to whom he owes having received as an inheritance the smallest Koran in the land of the pharaohs, since it was he who brought it back from the Hajj and the Arabian province of Hedjaz, more than a century ago.
It is with emotion that Abd Youssed confided in an interview to Cairo24 that his father, when expressing his last wishes, asked him to take care of this rare copy of the Noble Quran throughout his existence.
A wish that he makes it his duty to grant every day that God makes, his tiny Quran carefully held in his hand or delicately placed in its beautiful case.