PETALING JAYA,. Next month, the “Let’s Read the Quran” campaign, which encourages everyone to read the holy book of Islam, is back for the ninth year after a hiatus last year.
The 2018 campaign, which runs from March 1 to 31, was launched by Raja Datuk Seri Eleena Sultan Azlan Shah, who reiterated that “everyone is welcome to read the Quran”.
“The messages it carries are universal, timeless and relatable to all.
“One’s relationship with the Quran, specifically for the Muslims, should be ongoing throughout our lifetime. So, this campaign is commendable for reminding us to read the Quran every day.
“It’s not just reading, but to read with care and proper understanding,” Raja Eleena said during the launch at Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd office here.
“Let’s Read the Quran” was started by the company’s founder and managing director Anas Zubedy, also a prominent activist, and three other friends in 2009. The campaign has been held yearly except in 2017.
It is not confined to only Muslims but open to non-Muslims as well.
Yesterday, Anas underlined the campaign’s aim to encourage more people to understand the Quran no matter what language they spoke.
“Even my fellow Muslims may not be familiar with the true meaning of the Quran as we are more preoccupied to khatam (finish) rather than understanding the meaning as well as the universal messages and shared values found in the Quran.
“Knowledge is exchanged better through writing than speaking. So, we hope to inspire as many as we can to go back to basics and read the Quran in the language they best understand,” he said.
Zubedy facilitator Amelyn Yee Wai Yean said she loved how the campaign helped her to understand more about Islam.
“I have begun to see that many of the values found in Islam are common to my religion, too.
“This campaign goes on a very gentle approach; there’s no pressure to convert or anything,” said the 24-year-old.
The launch was also attended by Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Karangkraf Media Group chairman Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, Ti-Ratana founder and Chief High Priest of Malaysia Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana, and Islamic reformist and activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
During the upcoming month-long campaign, anybody is welcome to join by sharing daily Quranic verses on any social media platforms, with the hashtag #LRTQ2018.