CPS’s Free Quran Translation Distribution Programme
The New Delhi-based Centre for Peace and Spirituality (CPS), headed by noted Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, has produced a vast amount of literature on Islam and issues of contemporary interest, geared to a multi-faith readership. It has also been deeply engaged in promoting peace and understanding between Muslims and others.
One of the CPS’s major activities is its Quran translation distribution programme, in collaboration with Goodword Books, a publishing house headed by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s son Saniyasnain Khan. These attractively-designed translations are available in many regional and international languages, including English, Urdu, Hindi, Dogri, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Chinese and Filipino. At present, translations are underway in Polish, Japanese, Burmese and Manipuri.
Generally, CPS prefers that its English translation serves as the reference for any other translation. But, if they get permission to publish a translation of the Quran which has already appeared in a particular language, they may agree publish it without alterations but adding an Introduction by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. But after first print, they try to secure a translator for that same language, and if they get a suitable one, they start a process of translating the Quran afresh in that language.
Copies of the translation of the Quran published by CPS/Goodword Books can be procured from completely free of cost. All one needs to do is to fill up a simple request form on the CPS website, which can be accessed here:
When a request form is submitted, it is automatically filtered and forwarded to the Quran Distribution Centre (QDC) of that particular country (as of now there are QDCs in eight countries, in Asia, Europe and North America, besides India). The QDC team then posts it locally. In India, the form is filtered state-wise and forwarded to QDC of that particular state to handle. At present, there are QDCs in Srinagar, Jodhpur, Meerut, Patna, Kolkata, Indore, Bombay, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calicut, Goa and Chennai. Requests from places where CPS does not as yet have a QDC are handled by CPS Delhi.
In addition to sending copies of the translation of the Quran to people who request for them, CPS team members sometimes contact them and provide other relevant literature, depending on the interest shown by them through the remarks field on their form. CPS members also engage in free distribution of translations of the Quran in seminars, conferences, literary fests, book fairs, tourist attractions, schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals and prisons. Several popular hotels in different countries have placed copies of the translation in their rooms.
QDCs stock copies of the translation of the Quran in languages commonly spoken in their area. In case they do not have a copy in the requested language, they forward the request to CPS Delhi and it is taken care of. The books are generally sent by ordinary post, but if someone mentions that she/he wants it urgently, it is sent by courier or speed post.
On an average, CPS gets around 500 requests a month from different parts of India for Quran translation copies, mostly for the English translation, which has been widely acknowledged as simple, clear and easy-to-read. One can request for one copy for each form. Requests come from both individuals and organizations and from people of different faith backgrounds.
The programme is sustained financially by the contribution of CPS members and well-wishers. QDCs procure copies of the translations of the Quran and post them at their own expense. Where it is not possible, Goodwoord Books sponsors this.
Recently, CPS launched a new website (http://www.cpsquran. com/) where translations of the Quran can be downloaded, free of cost, in more than 25 languages.
CPS accepts donations from those who wish to contribute financially for the Quran translation distribution project. Details can be had from here: