Saudi Arabia offers assistance for construction of Qur’an complex in Islamabad

Pakistani Muslims offer prayers in front of the giant Qur'an at the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Oct. 20, 2006. (AFP/File)
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Updated 12 July 2020

Saudi Arabia offers assistance for construction of Qur’an complex in Islamabad

  • The center is going to initiate a new translation of the holy book that would be acceptable to all Islamic schools of thought
  • Offers of financial assistance have arrived from Saudi Arabia, the World Muslim League and Gulf countries

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has offered financial assistance for the construction of Pakistan’s first state-owned Qur’an complex in Islamabad, officials confirmed to Arab News on Sunday.

Religious Affairs Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri announced on Friday that the government wanted to build the complex in the federal capital to preserve historical manuscripts of the Muslim scripture.

“This would be the first government-owned Qur’an complex. We have got offers of financial assistance for the building of the complex from Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-based World Muslim League and some other Gulf countries,” Religious Affairs Ministry spokesman Imran Siddiqui said, adding that the ministry has already initiated the process of land acquisition near the Golra area of in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

The center will also oversee and set standards for the publication of the Qur’an in the country and would recycle worn pages of the holy book.

“This would be a huge complex on approximately 10 kanal land in Islamabad. The complex will have different sections like error-free publication of new Qur’an and a plant for the recycling of worn pages of the book gathered from all over the country,” Siddiqui said. 

He reiterated the minister’s earlier statement that the center is going to initiate a new translation of the holy book that would be acceptable to all Islamic schools of thought.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, rector of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), hailed the plan as one that can be unifying for Muslims.

“In this Qur’an complex they should also work on research to unite all the Muslim from different schools of thought in Pakistan. The government should take guidance from the Qur’an complex in Medina. It should have a proper board, editing, evaluation and monitoring system for the error-free printing of the Qur’an,” he told Arab News.

According to Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud, former chairman of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology, it is a constitutional obligation of the government to oversee the publication of the Qur’an.

“Under the Constitution of Pakistan, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure error-free publication of the Qur’an. It would be a good step if the government can implement standards like Saudi Arabia for the publication of the holy book in Pakistan,” he said.

With regard to the planned universal translation of the scripture, Masud said: “It would be a very hard task for the government to bring out one translation of the holy book which is acceptable to all sects.”


Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

Updated 07 August 2020

Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

  • More than 150 people were killed and over 5,000 others were injured when a string of blasts rocked Beirut on August 4
  • FM Qureshi assured his Lebanese counterpart that the government and people of Pakistan stood in strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday sent medicines and food items to Lebanon after a string of deadly explosions ripped through Beirut earlier this week, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 5,000 others.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

According to an official statement released in Islamabad, the country’s foreign minister called his Lebanese counterpart and informed him about the relief assistance over the phone.
“Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation, informed his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe, that 8 tons of relief assistance consisting of medicines and food supplies sent by the Government of Pakistan as a token of solidarity would be delivered in Beirut today,” said the official statement.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

It added that Qureshi also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, injuries to people, and extensive material damage caused by the explosions.
“The Foreign Minister underscored that, at this difficult time, Pakistan stood in strong support and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people,” the statement said.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

Meanwhile, authorities in Lebanon received the relief package on Friday afternoon.
“The relief goods were handed over to Deputy Chief of Protocol Mr. Salem Al Achkar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and General Elias Abi Karam, Commander of Lebanon’s Air Force by Najeeb Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, today at 1530 at Rafic Hariri International Airport,” Pakistan’s embassy in Beirut confirmed in a statement.