Cii News | 05 Dhul Hijjah 1434/11 October 2013
The Islamic Dawah Movement (IDM) is in the process of promoting the publication of the first ever Xhosa translated Quran.
“We mothers, we have one goal and that is to educate our children and we have to make sure that we choose the best tool and that best tool will have to be in a language they understand. The first language you teach your child is from your mother language so we are begging and recruiting for more and more donations so that we can distribute to areas they are needed the most,” said Rahima Malinga recently speaking with Cii Radio’s Safeera Kaka.
Malinga is the IDM’s dawah coordinator and has been working for the organisation for 25 years. She says there is a big need for the Xhosa Quran especially to make learners at the IDM’s various centres of learning around South Africa adapt and make sense of what they are being taught. This is “so that it doesn’t only end with them, they can go out to their parents and [in that way] help us to do dawah.”
IDM’s director, Dr Ebrahim Dada who has seen the foundation grow since its inception in 1977 says they are very pleased with history’s very first Xhosa Quran. “Just as a matter of interest the Bible was translated over 100 years ago in Xhosa and we have come 100 years later but Alhamdulillah, better late than never. Our medium term goal is to publish 50 000 such Qurans. We have published a few thousand now for this Cii-IDM Quran challenge we are hoping to raise enough money to publish at least 10000 more Qurans.”
At present the Qurans are being distributed by non-Muslim volunteers in the Eastern Cape (EC) and Western Cape, where a large portion of South Africa’s Xhosa speaking people are located. These distributions have largely been made by request. Copies have been delivered to the Steve Biko library and the EC legislature library.
“We are now arranging to send several copies to the Rhodes University library in Grahamstown and we had a religious parliament in the EC legislature where Qurans were distributed in the Xhosa language and distributed to other members of parliament who are now requesting that we send them more Qurans in Xhosa as well as in English..,” says Dada.
Other projects the IDM are currently working on are the construction of masaajid and their upcoming Qurbani programme. They also have many madressahs and learning centres which offer basic education and skills development training that require volunteers.
Dada says Qurans are available free of charge and after a request is made by any one interested distribution will also be made at no expense.
“We know the best ambassador for Islam is the Quran and in this case the Quran in the Xhosa language.”Tags: IDM, Quraan, Translation, Xhosa