Russian Holy Quran distribution
in Russia, April 1999
In April this year, Sister Samina, incharge publications
at the A.A.I.I.L. (U.S.A.) in Columbus, Ohio, travelled to Russia
to arrange for the distribution of the Russian translation of the
Holy Quran. This is the Russian version of Maulana Muhammad Ali's
English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran with Introduction,
rendered by Dr. Alexander Sadetsky, published in July 1997. (See
here further details of the Russian translation.) Dr. Sadetsky
and his wife Dr. Tania Sadetsky were also with Sister Samina during
Nine thousand copies which had been sent to Russia were
awaiting customs clearance in St. Petersburg, and there were many
administrative steps to be gone through for clearance. However, Sister
Samina's perseverance with the customs officials, her prayers, and
her appeals to the Director of Customs, explaining our cause of the
spread of the Holy Quran, had a remarkable effect. The Qurans were
released within 2 hours instead of the weeks that it would have otherwise
taken, and no duty was charged as was earlier feared.
These copies were then despatched to Moscow, where on
Friday 30 April 1999 a special meeting had been arranged to be held
after the Friday prayers at the Hilal Foundation Mosque. People had
gathered for the meeting eager to receive their copy of the Russian
Quran. Some 630 copies were immediately snapped up by those present,
and the rest of the 9000 copies were allocated to various mosques.
People were overjoyed and overwhelmed with emotion at receiving the
Quran in Russian, something they had not seen before but had longed
for. All this distribution was free of charge by our Organization
because, due to economic conditions, people cannot afford to buy books.
These 9000 copies were described as only a drop in the
ocean of demand for the Russian Quran. We are now raising funds for
the printing and free distribution of a further 50,000 copies.
Some photographs of these events
Consignment of the Russian Quran in storage at the Hilal Foundation,
Moscow. Dr. Alexander Sadetsky is on the left. Riffat Osmanov, Vice-President
of the Hilal Foundation is on the right. Sister Samina is 2nd from right.
President of the Hilal Foundation (left) being presented with
Copies of the Quran at the Hilal Foundation Mosque.
Group of women at the Friday prayer in Hilal Mosque, with Sister
The Quran being distributed at the Hilal Foundation Mosque.
Sister Samina giving an invited, 30-minute talk about Islam
after Friday prayers. Dr. Sadetsky, on right, is interpreting
Two women after Friday prayer with their copies of the Quran.
A general scene of people collecting their copies of the Quran.