Three Norwegian Muslim organizations are set to distribute thousands of free copies of the Holy Qur’an to Norwegians.
This is designed to create dialogue following uproar created by the recent attempt to set fire to the holy book, Sputnik News reported.
“I believe many people are curious about what the Quran contains and what Muslims stand for. We hope this project can help demystify the Quran’s content,” Hamza Ansari, board member of the Norwegian-Pakistani Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Oslo, told Vårt land.
According to the paper, the Norwegian Muslim Arts and Culture Association, the Islamic Literature Association and the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque in Oslo intend to distribute a total of 10,000 copies of the Qur’an.
The free copies will be given out at several stands in the Norwegian capital and possibly Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city.
The initiative was seen as a response to the Qur’an burning attempt by the organization Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) during a demonstration in Kristiansand over two weeks ago.
Announcing the plans, the Islamic Literature Association said the Qur’an teaches how to “show love and spread knowledge”, which is why is it seen as an effective vehicle against “hate and racism”.
What is Qur’an
The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the Creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
There is only one Qur’an which is in Arabic and many translations of the Qur’an in several languages.
There could be multiple translations by different authors in the same language such as English.
The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the archangel Gabriel who used to make the Prophet memorize the Qur’an and made him revise it every year in the month of Ramadan, the fasting month.
Memorizing the Holy Qur’an is one of the most important ways to preserve Allah’s message.
The others are to publish and distribute the book, or the text on the Internet and to recite the parts that one knows to other people.