Some people in India can write on a rice. It is a very painstaking work. Similarly there are copies of Holy books which are miniatures. One such smallest copy of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, is kept at Ningxia Museum in Northwest China’s. It has been identified as the smallest Koran in the world.
The copy weighs just 1.10 grams. Its dimensions are 19.6 mm length, 13.2 mm width, and 6.1 mm thickness. It is covered with mauve Kraft paper with ethnic designs, the Egyptian National Emblem and Arabic text which reads .
“This is a worshipful Alcoran, only people with clean mind and body can carry it, Islamic Calendar 1312 (1892 A.D.)“
Despite its small size it has clear print. It is preserved in a small iron box. According to a researcher, He Xinyu, mini Koran was carried by a Chinese Muslim pilgrim from Mecca in present-day Saudi Arabia to Ningxia. But no solid proof exists.
All signs indicate that the book came to Ningxia before 1949. It was excavated in 1959 and has since then stayed in the Ningxia Museum except when it has been on exhibition tours.
The Koran was appraised as a State-level cultural relic in 1996 by the State Bureau of Cultural Relics.
He said that the Ningxia Koran was much smaller in size and weight than the Koran discovered in Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan Province, which was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest in the world.
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Mr. Hanif Choudhary, who lives in Silchar district of Assam India also claims to be in possession of the smallest copy of Koran, smaller than the one in Iran. The copy was brought to India by his uncle while he was serving in British Army in the Iran. He wants the copy to be registered for Guinness book.