The man credited with the first translation the Holy Quran into Te Reo Māori has passed away. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand has announced the death of Mr Shakil Ahmad Monir this morning.
Born in Monghyr, Bihar province of India in 1932, Mr Monir was a professor in Science and Religion and a senior member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan.
Monir worked to promote the Islamic faith in a number of capacities in many different parts of the world, including the Indian sub continent, several African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
In the late 1980s he took up the responsibility of translating the Holy Quran to the Māori language under instruction from the then head, and the fourth Caliph, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad.
Monir explored several options of translation of the Quran into te reo, but came to realize that to do full justice to the translation, he would have to be in a unique position to have grasp of all three languages – namely Arabic, English, and Māori.
Monir took it upon himself to learn the Māori language for … read more at source.
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