25 July 2009


Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) akan mengedarkan 100,000 naskah Al-Quran secara percuma kepada pelbagai pemimpin dan penggubal polisi kerajaan Amerika Syarikat. Misi ini berterusan sehingga mencapai sasaran satu juta orang awam Amerika Syarikat memiliki naskah Al-Quran. Dengan cara ini, non-muslim dapat membaca dan memahami kandungan Al-Quran secara lebih dekat.
Pada tahun 2005, sebanyak 28,000 naskah Al-Quran telah diedarkan kepada rakyat Amerika. Untuk mencapai sasaran satu juta, CAIR terpaksa mencari penaja untuk menaja Al-Quran. Harga senaskah Al-Quran ialah RM78.00. Untuk keterangan lanjut sila layari laman web di hujung artikel di bawah ini.
Muslim Group Shares Quran to Promote Understanding

Staff infoZine, 07 July 2009

By Michael Novinson - If knowledge is indeed power, then the Council on American-Islamic Relations' latest campaign will eventually empower a million Americans to combat stereotypes against Islam.

Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - The Muslim civil liberties group announced at a Tuesday news conference that it will distribute 100,000 copies of the Quran to elected officials and influential policy makers. The council hopes to give away a million Qurans to the American public over the next decade, said National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

He said it is the largest project ever related to educating Americans about Islam and was prompted by President Barack Obama's June 4 address in Cairo. Obama quoted Quran passages related to speaking the truth, the sanctity of human life and respecting diversity.

"His speech was inspiring and historic in the fact that he wanted to open a new page and a new relationship between Muslims worldwide and America," Awad said. "And we believe that one of the first steps must be information."

Studies have shown a correlation between increased knowledge of Islam and decreased anti-Muslim prejudice. Since the Quran is often quoted by Islamic militants abroad and prejudiced extremists at home who seek to inflame religious tensions, the council wants Americans to have direct access to the holy book so that they can properly understand Islam.

The council initially distributed 28,000 Qurans in May 2005 following the allegation in Newsweek - later retracted - that the Quran was flushed down a toilet at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The council believed that anyone familiar with the Quran would not abuse it.

The council conducted an e-mail survey in April 2006 of 1,200 people who received a copy of the Quran. Nearly nine in 10 read at least some of the Quran, more than three-quarters said reading it increased their knowledge of Islam, more than two-thirds shared information from the book with a family, friend or colleague and more than half found the Quran to have many similarities to their beliefs.

"We hope that the continuation of this project will lead to even more positive results," Awad said.

The volumes of the Quran distributed by the campaign, published by the Book Foundation, contain the original Arabic script, an English translation by Muhammad Asad, a transliteration of the Arabic text and notes on individual verses. The translation uses informal English.

One example is a verse Obama cited in his Cairo speech:

"If anyone slays a human being - unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth - it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind." - Chapter 5, Verse 32 of the translation.

"We believe this guide has the most important components," Awad said.

The 1,150-page book costs $78, but political leaders can receive it for free, and members of the general public pay only a $9 shipping fee.. The council is asking Muslims to sponsor books for their local officials at $45 each.

"This is a golden opportunity for American Muslims to seize on Mr. Obama's message of engagement on both sides," Awad said.

Sponsors will be selected to send a gift Quran to Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. All holy books delivered to American leaders will include a bookmark guide to the verses cited by the president and references to topics of international importance.

To receive a Quran:
www.explorethequran .com/request- a-quran.html
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