An Egyptian artist who educated himself after dropping out of school has spent three years creating what he hopes is the world's biggest Koran.
Saad Mohammed, who has hand-painted Islamic motifs on the walls and ceilings of his home in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo, has reproduced the Muslim holy book on a paper scroll 700 meters long.
He displays the intricately decorated manuscript in a large wooden box with rollers at each end.
"This Koran is 700 meters long, and of course that's a large amount of paper," he told Reuters Television. "I self-funded this project for the past three years—and I'm an average person. I don't have assets or anything."
Mohammed wants to submit his Koran for inclusion in Guinness World Records. Guinness says that while there is a record for the world's biggest printed Koran, there is so far no record holder for the largest handwritten version.