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Muslim group holds exhibition on the Holy Quran

The Te Reo translation of the Holy Quran took center stage at an exhibition held over the weekend in the Hamilton Gardens. Arranged by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community of New Zealand, the purpose of the exhibition was to portray the true message conveyed by the Muslim holy scripture, and to dispel common misconceptions about the Quran. Featuring a walk-in display as well as seminars and Q&A sessions on Quran and terrorism, the exhibition included translations of the Holy Quran, as well as a selection of the Quranic verses in a number of different languages.

Held in various cities of the country throughout the year, the Quran exhibition forms part of a number of initiatives taken by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand to reach out to the wider population with an aim to encourage dialogue, and to promote understanding amongst people from all faiths and backgrounds.

Speaking at the opening session, members of Parliament for Hamilton Hon David Bennett, and Hon Tim Macindoe both lauded the Ahmadiyya community for its efforts in arranging the exhibition, and for promoting peace in the society. “The worldwide Ahmadiyya community has so far translated the Holy Quran into nearly 80 different languages, and a selection of its verses into over 120 languages. The reason for doing so is simple – to convey the true meaning of this revered book to the people of the world in a way that is easy for them to understand i.e. in their own language”, said Mr Bashir Khan, president of the Ahmadiyya community New Zealand. “The Quran provides a complete code of conduct for Muslims. Unfortunately, both the opponents of Islam as well as some Muslim fanatics misquote cherry picked portions for their own goals. Our exhibition is meant to dispel these misconceptions and to highlight the true message of love and peace contained within this holy book.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its motto of ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers. The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987. It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.

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