RNA – World Quran Day, a campaign initiated by the Astan (custodianship) of the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn in Iraq, is aimed at promoting the teachings of the Quran and contemplating the Holy Book.
This is according to Shaykh Hasan al-Mansouri, the director of the Astan’s Dar al-Quran Centre, who also told IQNA that the campaign seeks to strengthen Muslims’ bond with the Quran.
In March, the Astan declared Eid al-Maba’th (the Day Prophet Muhammad was appointed to deliver His mission) as the World Quran Day.
It also launched a campaign to promote activities marking World Quran Day, including recitations of the Quran.
Qaris from countries like Iran, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Mali, Nigeria, Indonesia, Kuwait, Burkina Faso and Yemen have joined the ongoing campaign by recording their Quran recitations and sending them to the Centre.
Shaykh al-Mansouri said other objectives of declaring a day as the World Quran Day include boosting unity in the Muslim Ummah and familiarizing followers of other religions with the Holy Book.
The Divine Book, the Quran, is a source of security and peace for all mankind and invites all to peaceful coexistence and efforts for eliminating extremism and terrorism, he said.
As for the programs held in the campaign, he said they include a competition on Quranic research, as well as activities organized in languages such as English, French, Persian, Urdu and local African languages, in cooperation with institutes in Iraq and abroad to promote the Quran and its message of peace and mercy.
‘World Quran Day’ initiative aimed at promoting Quranic teachings
The official went on to say that the Dar al-Quran Centre of the Astan also plans to hold a “Karbala International Quran Award” as part of the campaign.
Despite the challenges, including the current coronavirus outbreak that has cancelled or suspended many activities, the campaign has been received well in Iraq and other countries, Shaykh al-Mansouri stated.
He noted that renowned Egyptian Qari Abdul-Fattah Taruti is among the Quran reciters who have contributed to the campaign.