100,000 copies of Qurâ€™an for Cambodian Muslims in next 5 years
Phnom Penh, July 31 â€“ The World Qurâ€™an Endowment Program organized by the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) with the cooperation of Restu Foundation will print 100,000 copies of the Qurâ€™an with translation in the Khmer language for distribution to Muslims in Cambodia in the next five years.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the effort was to fulfill the need of the Muslim community in Cambodia and to ensure that each Muslim family would have at least one copy of the Qurâ€™an, ABNA reported.
â€œThere are about 500,000 Muslims in Cambodia and there is only one Qurâ€™an for every six families. So, we hope generous Malaysians can assist Cambodian Muslims through this program so that each family will have at least one Qurâ€™an,â€ he told Malaysian journalists.
Ahmad Zahid had earlier handed over 10,200 copies of donated Qurâ€™an to the president of the Cambodian Islamic Community Development Foundation Othsman Hassan and Cambodia mufti Kamaruddion Yusof at Chrouk Romeat Mosque in Kampung Chhnang and Amar bin Yazid Mosque at KM9, to be distributed to Muslims.
The minister said the program aimed to print and distribute 20,000 copies of the Qurâ€™an annually over a period of five years and this was expected to commence from the month of Ramadan next year. â€œTranslation of the Qurâ€™an into the Khmer language has been completed and we are only waiting for sufficient funds to print the copies of Qurâ€™an,â€ he said.
Earlier, speaking before 1,500 Cambodian Muslims at Chrouk Romeat Mosque, Ahmad Zahid said the 10,200 copies of Qurâ€™an given away today showed the concern of the Malaysian government and people towards Muslims in Cambodia.
Kamaruddin said he was touched and thankful for the gift of the Qurâ€™an, adding that the Cambodian Muslim community depended on outside help for copies of the Holy Book. â€œWe hope there will be enough Qurâ€™an for us in future,â€ he added.
At the two presentation ceremonies, Ahmad Zahid also handed over 500 Muqaddam booklets and 1,000 prayer rugs for use by the Cambodian Muslims.