Norwegian Muslims to Distribute Qur’an After Burning Attempt
Three Norwegian Muslim organizations are set to distribute thousands of free copies of the Holy Qur’an to Norwegians. This is designed to create dialogue following uproar created by the recent attempt to set fire to the holy book.“I believe many people are curious about what the Quran contains and what Muslims stand for. We hope this project can help demystify the Quran’s content,” Hamza Ansari, board member of the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Oslo, said.
The Norwegian Muslim Arts and Culture Association, the Islamic Literature Association and the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque in Oslo reportedly intend to distribute a total of 10,000 copies of the Qur’an. The free copies will be given out at several stands in the Norwegian capital and possibly Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. The initiative was seen as a response to the Qur’an burning attempt by the organization Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) during a demonstration in Kristiansand some weeks ago. Announcing the plans, the Islamic Literature Association said the Qur’an teaches how to “show love and spread knowledge”, which is why is it seen as an effective vehicle against “hate and racism”.