JEDDAH – Visitors to Makkah’s Grand Mosque from around the world will find it easy to get access to the Noble Qur’an in their language after the mosque authorities expanded the number of Qur’an translations to 72 different languages ahead of Ramadan.
“The number of shelves inside the Grand Mosque has been increased to 4,000 shelves containing 950,000 copies of the Qur’an in different languages for worshippers to read,” Ali Hamid Al Nafji, a senior official at the Presidency of the Grand Mosque Affairs, told Arab News on Wednesday, June 25.
Preparing the mosque for the additional copies of the Noble book of Qur’an, the number of shelves has been doubled. One Qur'an, Many Translations
Along with the additional copies of Qur’an translations, digital copies will be available too for download by worshippers.
“We have developed a state-of-the-art technology system that any smartphone user with a barcode reader application can use to download the Qur’an software inside the Grand Mosque in the language of choice,” said Nafji of the Presidency of the Grand Mosque Affairs.
“The Qur’an, along with commentary and translation, is available for download in most of the world’s major languages, including Sinhalese, Telugu, Somali and Chinese.”
The Qur’an is a revelation from God, the creator of the worlds, so He is the original author.
The Noble Qur’an consists of 114 Surah (chapters) of varying lengths.
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.
Along with special copies of Qur’an translations, preparations of Ramadan were being undertaken by the Saudi government to cope with the influx of pilgrims.
At least 2,000 surveillance cameras were installed “inside the Grand Mosque and the central area in Makkah to monitor crowds”, according to police officials.
The Grand Mosque has also announced names of Imams who will lead the taraweeh and tahajjud prayers that include Abdulrahman Al-Sudais and Saud Al-Shuraim.
Imam Abdullah Al-Johani, Maher Al-Muaiqly, Khaled Al-Ghamdi and Bandar Baleelah will also lead prayers at the Grand mosque during the holy month.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.
It is customary for Muslims to spend part of the days during Ramadan studying the Noble Qur’an.
Many men perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here
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