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Dubai-based Syrian businessman creates Quran in embroidery

Syrian artist reproduces entire Quran in embroidered calligraphy

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 19:44 July 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Syrian artist Mohammad Mahir Hadri has written world’s first Quran entirely in embroidery art.

Dubai: It’s unique, it’s magical and it’s monumental. A Syrian businessman in his 50s has come up with a new form of art that’s a blend of calligraphy and embroidery and, interestingly, he has used his skills to script the world’s first Quran entirely in embroidery.

Without the aid of technology or any margins and lines, Mohammad Mahir Hadri uses an ordinary sewing machine, silk yarn, velvet sheets and his extremely skilful hands to create Arabic words, verses from the Quran and calligraphic designs.

Currently exhibiting his works at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Dubai International Holy Quran Awards (DIHQA) exhibition, Hadri’s work has attracted a lot of attention and acclaim.

“This is the first time I’m exhibiting the entire Quran. Previously my works have been exhibited in several countries but only in parts. I m really grateful to Almighty Allah for bestowing this talent on me which I could use in His cause,” said Hadri of his unique ability.

From two-metre long frames displaying chapters of the Quran and wall hangers with words of wisdom to scrolls and booklets containing selections of the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) sayings, Hadri has come up with a wide range of work that demonstrate his skills. But the tome of all his efforts is the 12-volume reproduction of the Quran done in embroidery and velvet that took eight years to make.

“I realised my potential around 14 years ago and started creating small items like wall hangers, scrolls and booklets. When friends and family saw the work they appreciated and encouraged me to do more. I thought there was no better thing to try my skills with than the words of Allah and hence I began my work on reproducing the Quran,” said the artist, who ran an embroidery and garments business before the war broke out in Syria.

A trained calligrapher and embroider, Hadri creates his works in five popular scripts – Diwani, Sulus, Riqah, Naskh and Osmani – and he has done his magnum opus in the Osmani script which is the most popular of all.

The embroidered Quran contains 426 pages, weighs 200 kilogrammes and is worth 5 million euros (Dh24 million).

The artwork, which is verified for authenticity and approved by three government-appointed Syrian scholars, is the only copy of the Quran in the world done in this unique style and Hadri is willing to offer it to any interested art lover.

“I created it because I wanted to do something new and different and I spent my own money to fund the project. My idea was not to sell it when I created it but if anybody is willing to offer its true worth, I may think of striking a deal,” said Hadri, who also sells small items he has created such as scrolls, booklets and wall hangers.

Asked if he is planning to impart his talent to others who are willing to learn, he said: “What I have is a gift from Allah. The work requires a lot of hard work, patience and dedication and it won’t be easy for anybody to learn but if somebody is willing then why not.”

The artwork, along with a live demonstration of Hadri’s skills can be seen at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce every day between 10pm and 12 midnight until the end of this month.

In numbers

8 years - time taken to create the work

200 kilograms - weight of the entire work

426 - number of pages

12 - number of volumes

Dh24 million - cost of the project

Comments (5)

  1. Added 12:30 July 21, 2013

    First and foremost i wish to send my profound gratitude for his Gratuitous and for coming forward in the name of Allah to do this holy Quran in calligraphy and embroidery and almost he has spent 8 years to Complete with 426 pages with a cost of dh 24 million which is Unimaginable. If we have a will there a is a way and he did it we Applause it may Allah give him strength and grant him long life and Fulfill all his desires- aameen.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM, BUR DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:03 July 21, 2013

    Great work

    tariq, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:11 July 21, 2013

    Mashallah, let Allah accept all his efforts and let there be peace in Syria.

    Asif rizwan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:44 July 21, 2013

    Allahuakbar, may Allah accept your effort.

    saif, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:19 July 21, 2013

    Great Job. May Allah (SWT) reward everyone who involved in this great project. - Ameen.

    Rizwan, Shaikh, United Arab Emirates

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