Kolkata: Shiraz Hussain, a 38-year-old artist of Garden Reach in South Kolkata, will present an aluminium map of India to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on which he has painstakingly inscribed the verses from the Quran.
"It is my humble tribute to the people of India to mark the 60 years of Independence," Shiraz Hussain told Deccan Herald here.
Shiraz had laboured hard for days on end to inscribe verses from the Quran on a 20-inch x 24-inch aluminium map and make five copies of them. While the other four dignitaries to whom he wishes to present copies of the map are former president A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, Hussain declined to reveal the name of another "important personality" who also figures in his list.
Shiraz had gone to New Delhi twice — April and July, to personally hand over his creation to the Prime Minister before the Independence Day but had no luck. "I received a call on August 9 last from the PMO and was asked to visit Dr Singh to present the map," Hussain said.
But he could not undertake the travel owing to some domestic hitches. "I hope to meet the Prime Minister soon and present him the map," Hussain claimed.
In 2006, Shiraz entered the Limca Book of Records for engraving the full text of the Quran on an aluminium sheet. He is keen to make another bid for an entry into the record books for being the first to engrave verses from the holy book on the map of India.
"Actually, Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, wanted to come to India in the 60th Hijri as per the Islamic calendar, when the army of Yazeed stopped him in Iraq. After his martydom at the beginning of the 61st Hijri, his followers used to recite ‘Sura-e-Kahaf’, volume 15-16, from Quran," he said.
"Hazrat Imam Hussain began his journey from Medina in Saudi Arabia in the 60th Hijri and got martyrdom at the beginning of the 61st Hijri. Our country is going to complete the 60th year of independence this year on August 15, 2007 and will enter the 61st year," Shiraz said, explaining the significance of his effort.
(Hindus should realise that this is of grave concern and Muslims ploy to convert India into Islamic Country.If a Hindu had inscribed any of the Hindu scriptures on Indian flag, then,they would have labeled this communal and called this defacing of Indian flag.As a Muslim has inscribed Quran, it is called patriotism. – Editor)