Monday, June 13, 2011

King Fahd Glorious Qur'an Printing Complex in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah

If you have read the last post then you know that my husband was performing umrah in Saudi Arabia, well he is back now al-hamdullillah and we have been having very interesting conversations about the whole History of Islam, but one of the things that I didn't know and really amused me was to know that there is a huge complex in Saudi Arabia(In Medinah): King Fahd Glorious Qur'an Printing Complex in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah with a production capacity that has reached more than ten million copies of different publications a year for every single shift. The number of publications produced by the Complex so far has exceeded 160 different publications, including complete Mushafs and part translations, recordings, books of Sunnah and of the Prophet’s Biography and others.

The Complex started distributing its productions since 1405 AH. This is carried out for Muslims within the Kingdom and all other parts of the world. And the distributed quantity has got to tens of millions. It is build on 2,500 square meters, and every year 1 crore copies will be printed in 50 languages, out of which 95% is distributed around the world for free and only 5% will be sold on cost at the complex sales counter.

It has a staff of 1700 people out of which 800 people are examiners;
each copy of Quran printed in complex is examined by 3 examiners
one after the other before it comes out of the complex.

Annual Gift of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the Pilgrims

In lines with the instructions of King Fahd Bin Abdel Aziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Complex offers each pilgrim a copy of the Mushaf on his way back home after completing Hajj rituals.

the translations of the meanings of the Holy Qur’an produced by the Complex into different languages, are classified in 50 translations:

24 Asian languages.

12 European languages.

14 African languages.

***My husband chose the Spanish version as a gift for me, now I have my "Interpretation of the meaning of the holy qur'an and the "Translation of the Qur'an in Spanish"***

The Complex's Unique Multi-Stage Control System

Control on the production of the Complex is considered the main method to ensure its correctness. King Fahd Complex is distinguished for its control system which is not found in any other institution in the world; it includes text control, quality control and a final control.

1. Text Control:

The text is verified by a committee specialized in the Quranic fields of study, including Tajweed, methods of recitation, calligraphy and punctuation. It is the committee that gives the command for printing after adjusting every part of the Mushaf and making sure of the correctness of the text in all the stages starting from preparation till finishing the complete edition.

2. The Quality Control:

This committee is responsible for checking any possible mistakes during the entire stages of production including printing, assembling, sewing, and bookbinding, and also for correcting these mistakes on time.

3. The Final Control:

In addition to the constant control made by the text control committee, to ensure the correctness of the printed Quranic text, as well as the field and quality control in all work stages, there is a complete facility for the final control, which consists of more than 600 workers and starts its work after the process of bookbinding ends to achieve more accuracy and verify the compliance of the productions to the defined technical specifications. The Complex is distinguished with this kind of control in comparison with other major world publishing foundations. In all the stages, the Complex uses the best material for preparing, montage, printing and bookbinding. It also uses computers in its different tasks.

If you want to know more about it click here, they also have interesting sections to memorize qur'an and translations of the qur'an in other languages .


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