A resident of Nawar district of southern Ghazni province has woven Surah Yasin into a carpet, a task that took him 12 years to complete.
Khuda Dad Haidari, with the help of his two daughters and a son, emblazoned Surah Yasin on the rug --- 63cm wide and 95cm lengthy --- in 14 pages.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News that he purchased materials for the rug for 48,000 afghanis and would start work each day on the carpet after performing ablution. He said his work was aimed at getting a reward and showing his skill to the world.
“Once I wanted to showcase it at the National Archive but its officials told me that historic objects could be put on display there and it is not a place for new items,” said the 25-year-old.
He was assisted in weaving the carpet by his son Ayub, a student of sixth grade, his daughter Farishta, a seventh grader and another daughter Farzana, an eighth grader.
“I don’t have enough money to weave the entire Quran into a carpet, but if the government or a rich person financially assists me, I am interested in weaving all the Quran into a carpet,” he said, adding he could also weave carpets from silk if someone helped him.
“We weaved the Surah keenly and would perform ablution before starting work,” Farzada Haidari said, adding they would not exhaust during weaving of the carpet.
Bamyan information and culture director Kabir Dadras praised the craftsman’s hard work and said the government and national traders should support such individuals.
“We should be proud of such people and their skills should be developed,” Hajji Hussain Saedi, a resident of Dimardad district in neighboring Maidan Wardak province, said.
The scholar, who had seen the carpet, said the good point in it was that the verses had been weaved on both sides of the rug page.