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Back in 1997, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein supposedly commissioned a copy of the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book, to be written in his blood. He reportedly donated 27 litres for the project.Two years later, the project was completed. Hussein said the book was his tribute to God because his son survived an assasination attempt.
And now, after the fall of Saddam, no one knows what to do with the book.
An Iraqi citizen summarized the dilemma to UK’s The Guardian back in 2010. On one hand, it’s illegal to write the Qur’an in blood. But it’s also illegal to destroy the Holy Book:
“On one flank had been the government, doing all it could to prevent access. The Shia-led regime is highly sensitive to the re-emergence of any symbols that might lionise the remnants of the Ba’athist rank and file, which still orchestrates bombings and assassinations every few days.
And then there are the Sunnis themselves, who are fearful of government retribution if they open the doors and of divine disapproval if they treat this particularly gruesome volume of the Qur’an with the reverence of a holy book.”
Right now, the book is displayed page by page in an Iraqi museum.
It’s also estimated that the book is worth “millions of dollars,” the Guardian reported.
So far, it still exists.
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