The ceremony never changes from year to year. Before kissing and placing one of the world’s tiniest Qurans (Small Quran) on his forehead, Mario Prushi takes the time to wash his hands and face with great care.
The Holy book, which is about the size of a postage stamp, has been passed down through his family for many generations. It has endured both wars and fanatical communist rule, which made religion illegal.
Every year, the same ritual is performed. Mario Prushi washes his hands and faces well before kissing and placing one of the world’s smallest Qurans on his forehead.
This little book has been in his family for many generations. It would fit on a stamp. It has been through war and communist tyranny, which outlawed religion.
Although scientific examination makes it impossible to pinpoint exactly when the Quran was first written, a scholar of Quranic studies at Albania’s Beder University, Elton Karaj, estimates that the 900-page copy has been in circulation since at least the 19th century.
These copies of the Quran are among the tiniest ever produced. It appears to have been published near the tail end of the nineteenth century. It’s a remarkable piece of art that’s well worth your time. It’s a good thing that a replica of this exists in Albania.
The Quran is impressive in many ways than just its size. The Prushis, a Catholic family, were converted to Islam because of it. Prushi explained that his ancestors had discovered a well-preserved body while excavating a plot of land in the Djakovica district of Kosovo.