City’s library looking at Islam

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Source: The Sun Chronicle

ATTLEBORO

In an effort to bridge the faiths of Muslims and others, the Quran, Islam’s holy book, is being displayed at Attleboro Public Library.

A major part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sharon’s display of the Quran will be a presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Balfour meeting room of the library.

The library this past week began hosting the display called “Glimpses of The Holy Qu’ran: From Antiquity, To The Modern World, And the Digital Age,” which will continue through Jan. 31.

The exhibition is being sponsored by the Lajna Imaillah, which is the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

“Since the general public, especially non-Muslims, are not acquainted with The Holy Quran, some having never read one, others having never even seen one, the Lajna Imaillah is delighted to be able to present an educational display to foster reading and information and knowledge,” Surayya Haneef of the Women’s Auxiliary said.

“What better place to do so than the library which has been called the ‘public university.’ The Holy Quran, the sacred scripture of the Muslims, contains the beautiful teachings of Islam and is also the world’s most often read book,” Haneef said. “Most recently, it has come under attack and is being maligned by people unaware of its true teachings. Therefore, the public is invited to share brief glimpses of The Holy Qur’an and be inspired to deeply explore with a fair mind its true teachings.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on Jan. 16 will offer two presentations:

“The Holy Qu’ran: A Message of Peace.”

“Challenges to Peace: Stop the crISIS.”

The program will include a question-and-answer session.

The display features samples of the Quran, some with Near Eastern style bookbinding. There are Quranic inscriptions carved in metal and wood, as well as embossed on ceramic tiles, highlighting the beauty of the Arabic verses, Haneef said.

In addition, there are samples of foreign language translations that open the book to the global community. The exhibition has been supplemented with a sample of the CD version of Quran “for an appreciation of the melodious nature of the verses,” Haneef said.

Also, Internet-based links to the Quran are showcased to enable access to digital age media, particularly apps for mobile devices, she added.

The exhibition is located in the library’s glass display cases. It may be viewed during normal library hours.

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