Disseminating the message of the Qur'an is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless and greet him), said Maulana Riyaz-ul-Rahman Rashadi while inaugurating the Salaam Centre stall at Bangalore Book Festival on November 6. During the Prophetic era special bazaars used to be held and Muhammad (may Allah bless and greet him) himself along with his Companions participated therein to convey the message of the Qur'an to the people, he added.
It is noteworthy that the Bangalore Book Festival is organised every year and almost 350 bookstalls are set up. Last year nearly 10 lakh people visited the fair and this year the visitors exceeded the previous number.
Maulana Rashadi expressed his pleasure at the stall of Salaam Centre, which has been organising various programmes for Dawah purposes, and thanked the organisers for their noble work. He requested the people to visit the fair, especially stall numbers 144 and 145 of Salaam Centre and said visiting such places creates curiosity to know more about Islam and spread the message of the Holy Qur'an among the masses. The workers at the centre extended warm welcome to the Muslims and non-Muslims and left positive impact on them. Maulana Rshadi said people having avid interest in books visit such fairs to spread the message of the Quran.
Syed Hamid Mohsin, Chairman Salaam Centre, laid stress on the purity of mind and body. He (referring the Qur'an 74:4-5) said it is necessary for the volunteers to be internally and externally pure.
All should follow the Divine command enshrined in the Surah mentioned above every time and especially for Dawah. He said, “We have tried our best to help the people in our campaign Quran for All. We have published the holy Qur'an in English, Kannad and other languages. We have also released CDs and DVDs of the Qur'an which is being presented to non-Muslims.” He said it a very good opportunity for the educated to visit the fair with their families.
Volunteers working for the Centre were seen active in helping the visitors. They gave a brief introduction of the Qur'an and Islam and at last they gifted the Holy Qur'an to the interested one.
It is notable that at the Salaam Centre stall non-Muslims marked their presence more than Muslims. Foreign students who were studying in India or the foreigners working in the city also made their presence at the Salaam Centre stall and benefited with the knowledge of the Quran.
A number of dignitaries also made their visit to the stall. D.P. Dutta, Vice President Deccan Herald admiring the Centre said, “It is the result of strong relationship of people with the Creator of the universe.” Speaker Karnataka Assembly Jagdish Shettar visited the stall and said, “The effort of Salaam Centre will bring peace to the society.”
A British student Tania Mehrun said, “I know a little about the Quran and Islam. I got this opportunity to get this book. I will study it and try to understand.” A woman without citing her name said, “I don’t know much about Islam but would like to know the reality of the world through the Quran.”