Muslims flock to see giant wooden Qur'an in Indonesia

The project, named Al-Quran Al-Akbar (The Biggest Qur'an) features 15 chapters of the Qur'an carved on both sides of 315 revolving timber panels measuring 177cm x 140 cm.

Muslims flock to see giant wooden Qur'an in Indonesia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of visitors have been rushing to Indonesia to see the largest Qur'an carved out on wood in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Starting work on the giant wooden Qur'an in 2002, a team of writers, carvers, carpenters and painters led by Ihsaniyah Islamic boarding school caretaker Syofwatillah Mohzaib began carving timber from the Tembesu tree, which is known to be termite-proof and durable.

Seven years and US$170,976 later, the project, named Al-Quran Al-Akbar (The Biggest Qur'an) features 15 chapters of the Qur'an carved on both sides of 315 revolving timber panels measuring 177cm x 140 cm. The structure, which is five-storeys high, will get even bigger as chapters 16 to 30 are currently being carved.

“I was inspired to make Al Akbar after completing the calligraphy and door ornaments at the Palembang Grand Mosque. I wanted to make the largest wood-carved Koran in the world,” Syofwatillah was quoted by the Jakarta Post.

“The creation of Al-Akbar was achieved purely with private donations and several larger donors, so it took a long time to finish. Work was suspended several times because we ran out of money,” Syofwatillah added.

Syofwatillah also he hoped to build a special 11-story building to house the wooden Qur'an, which is currently in his boarding school.

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