Source: A. Abdul Aziz; Press Secretary
Sinhalese (/sɪnəˈliːz/), known natively as Sinhala (සිංහල; singhala [ˈsiŋɦələ]), is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million.
Sinhala Translation with Arabic Text of the Holy Qur’an by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be launched at Colombo National Education & Book Fair to be held at Public Library Premises, Colombo. It will be displayed as a main feature of the event. Stall No. 8 and 9, starting July 28.
Sinhalese is also spoken as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about three million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Sinhalese has its own writing system, the Sinhala alphabet, which is a member of the Brahmic family of scripts, and a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script. Sinhalese is one of the official and national languages of Sri Lanka. Sinhalese, along with Pali, played a major role in the development of Theravada Buddhist literature.
The week-long book fair in Colombo commences from July 28 will also have display of the copies of Holy Qura’an Translations by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in 73 languages of world over. The Sinhala Translation of the book Philosophy of Teachings of Islam is also one of the main displays in the event. This original book in Urdu was written by Ahmadiyya Founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
A Peace Message translated into Sinhala will also be for wider distribution at the event.
This year (2015) marks the centenary of the establishment of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
For additional information:
(A. Abdul Aziz.)
Mobile: 0777 753440.