International Conference in Mumbai to release Marathi Quran translation:
Marathi translation of
the Holy Quran would
be released on Sunday January 24, 2010 in Mumbai during the two-day
International Quran Conference jointly organized by Jamiat......
Preparations for the two-day International Quran Conference which
will also see unveiling of the Marathi Translation of the Holy Quran
is underway in full speed, said Maulana
Abdus Salam Salafi - President of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Greater Mumbai
Dr. Saeed Ah Faizee - President of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maharashtra.
The duo were jointly addressing the media at Marathi Patrakar Sangh's office
in Mumbai today evening.
"The two-day International Conference
beginning January 23 in the evening would be held at two different
venues with two different topics but with a single message", they
"While the conference will
begin with a public meeting at Jhula Maidan in Mumbai Central on
January 23, the
release of the Marathi translation of the Holy Quran would take
place at Hajj House next day at 10:00 in the morning", they said.
"The first day of the conference is
titled as Mohsin-e-Insaniyat Conference and the theme of this
conference is to propagate the preaching of Prophet Mohammad (peace
be upon him). The next day's conference will be the International
Quran Conference that will also release the Marathi Translation of
the Holy Book", said the organisers.
Elaborating on the motives behind
organising the conference, Maulana Salafi said, "Islam is the
religion of peace, prosperity and equality. However, due to
misconceptions - created deliberately or because of
misunderstandings, the real message of Islam fails in reaching to
the masses in India. The motive behind this conference is to bring
to fore the real face of Islam in its true and pure form."
In reply to a question, Dr. Saeed Ah
Faizee said, "There was a persistent demand from non-Muslims as well
as Marathi speaking Muslims in Maharashtra to have an easy yet
authentic translation of the Holy Book in the state's official
"Moreover", he added, "The Quran is
actually the Book of Guidance, which is for the mankind irrespective
of their religions. We consider it our duty to make the Quran
available for the masses in a language which is familiar to them."
"We are sure", he said, "The
translation will not only meet the requirements of the people but
also help in creating an atmosphere of understanding between the
people from different faiths."
According to the details unveiled by
the organisers in front of the media, the Marathi Translation of the Quran
is done by Mohd. Qasim of Nandurbar in North Maharashtra who used
Ahsanul Bayaan, the popular Urdu Translation of Maulana Mohd. Junagadi.
Ahsanul Bayaan is considered as one of the authentic Urdu translations
widely read in the Indian sub continent. Few years back, it was also published by
the Saudi Arabian Govt. through its Quran Centre in Madinah, said
Jamiat Ahle-Hadees Maharashtra the
publisher and sponsor of the entire project of the Marathi Translation
of the Holy Quran to be released on January 24 at Hajj House took
four years to complete the work.
“Translating the Quran has never been
an easy task. For, it requires lot of concentration, determination
and efforts so that it does not have any mistake. Doing it in a
language like Marathi was even more difficult”, Dr. Saeed
Faizee said while speaking to ummid.com.
“However", he added, "Considering the
importance of the Marathi language in Maharashtra and looking at the
persistent demand from various circles, we took it upon ourselves to
do the job. While working for four long years, instead of looking at
any time-limit we concentrated on perfection and to make the final
copy free from a single error."
Interestingly, the Marathi Translation
of the Holy Quran that will be released this Sunday is perhaps the
only Quran translation of its kind that has the name of a Hindu, Ajay Sonar
imprinted on it.
Ajay Sonar a computer DTP operator from Malegaon,
who will be felicitated by the organizers during the International Quran Conference in Mumbai, helped Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maharashtra in
composing and proof reading the entire Marathi script that runs over
more than a thousand pages.
The Two-day conference in Mumbai is jointly organised by
Jamiat Ahle Hadees Greater Mumbai and Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maharashtra.
Renowned scholars from India and abroad including Maulana Abdul Hameed Rahmani
- President of Maulana Abul
Kalam Azad Islamic Awakening Centre, New Delhi, Editor of Sirat-e-Mustaqueem Birmingham, UK Dr.
Abdul Haadi, Maulana
Zafarul Hasan from Sharjah, Maulana Ab Qayyum from Qatar, Maulana
Mairaj Rabbani from Riyadh, Saudi Aarabia, Maulana Abdullah from
Nepal, Gen. Secretary All Indian Milli Council, New Delhi Maulana
Abdul Wahab Khilji, Malegaon MLA Mufti Mohd Ismael Qasmi and Dr. Fazlurrehman Madani, Mansoora
are expected to address the conference.