The Ahmadiyya Muslim community New Zealand will be hosting an exhibition on the Holy Quran in Christchurch on Saturday, the 17th of Feb 2018. One of the first exhibitions of its kind to be held here, the event will provide a first hand opportunity for local residents to find out more about Islam’s holy book through exhibits and seminars. The Te Reo Maori translation of the Quran will also be on display, as well as translations of the scripture in a number of other languages.
“The Holy Quran is believed by Muslims to be the most revered source of rules according to which Muslims should spend their lives. And while the Quranic injunctions deal with a multitude of issues from inheritance to family relations, unfortunately the only ones that are cherry picked and exploited by both the Islamic extremists and some western sources create quite a negative image of Islam”, says Mr Bashir Khan, the President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at New Zealand. “It doesn’t take much for an impartial student of religion to realize that such verses are taken grossly out of context by certain elements for their own goals. We, as a community, are keen to dispel the myths about both Islam and the Holy Quran, and holding the exhibitions about Holy Quran is one such way to do so.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is well known for its efforts to reach out to believers of all other faiths. Its recently launched True Islam campaign (www.TrueIslam.nz) aims to dispel misconceptions about Islam. The community’s local Imams also spearhead the Peace on Wheels campaign, driving to villages and cities across New Zealand, and holding roadside stalls to answer any questions about the Islamic faith.
The venue for this unique free exhibition will be the Deaf Society’s centre at 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Central City, Christchurch 8011. The program will start at 10:30am, and feature a walk-in exhibition, as well as three seminars throughout the day on the topic of ‘Quran and Terrorism’ followed by open Q&A sessions.
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.