Turkey’s Diyanet donates 20,000 copies of Quran to Latin America
The Turkish Diyanet Foundation (TDV) has donated a total of 20,000 copies of a Spanish-language version of the Quran for distribution in Latin American countries, a written statement by the foundation said on Feb. 7.
In the statement, the Diyanet Foundation said the copies of the Quran were to be distributed among Muslims in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Haiti, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay as part of the campaign “Let my gift be the Quran.” Each copy has a Spanish translation adjacent to the original Arabic.
As part of the campaign, which was launched to meet the “Quran needs of so many Muslims across the world,” more than one million copies of the Holy Scripture have been distributed so far, according to the statement.
“The project continues with support from charitable citizens,” the statement said.
İlyas Serenli, the vice president of the TDV board of trustees, was quoted in the statement as saying the campaign was a response to numerous requests from Muslims all over the world.
Serenli said so far 8,000 copies of the Quran had been sent to Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Haiti, and these copies were now being distributed at Islamic Cultural Centers.
He also said another batch of 12,000 copies would soon reach Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay, adding that the Diyanet was now working on a Portuguese translation of the Holy Book with a group of Portuguese-speaking Islamic scholars from Brazil.
“The project serves as a bridge between Muslims.”
The Diyanet Foundation has been organizing and promoting projects to translate the Quran into various languages and so far the Holy Book has been translated into 17 languages, including a number of local ones.