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Qur’an, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Jim Lommasson
Jim Lommasson / What We Carried

Imam Abdulah Polovina:

This is the opening part of the holy Qur’an that I brought with me from Bosnia and Herzegovina where it shows my birth name, which I later changed to show respect for my dear imam and spiritual teacher.

Also, this page shows the writing of my dear imam at our weekend Islamic school back in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This writing says that I got this holy Qur’an as a gift from a respected member of  our congregation in the place where I lived and went to weekend Islamic school. I got it because I finished learning Arabic letters and started to read and recite the holy book in Arabic.

This was done when I was 13 years old at a special ceremony at our local congregational mosque located in Butmir near the city of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

So, this holy Qur’an keeps the memory of that special and blessed day when I got it and started to read it. Also, this holy Qur’an is a unforgettable memory of my dear imam and spiritual teacher who was my second father and who sadly was killed and lost his life during the terrible war in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in the nineties.