Muslims Distribute 200,000 Korans in Mich., Hou., & Chicago

While we argue amongst ourselves as to whether there really is an Islamic threat in America, Muslims remain focused and continue to push forward with their agenda.

KoranGroup distributes Qur’ans to front doors

By Khalil AlHajal

DEARBORN — Many Dearborn residents have been wondering about the source of paperback Qur’ans found hanging from doorknobs throughout the city in recent months.

The group distributing free copies of an English translation of the Muslim holy book hopes to create better perceptions of Islam by simply making the scripture available.
About 18,000 to 20,000 copies have been distributed in and around Dearborn over the past year, according to Wajahat Sayeed, founder and president of Al-Furqaan Foundation, also known as the Book of Signs Foundation, an Illinois-based nonprofit Muslim organization dedicated to distributing modern English translations of the Qur’an throughout the U.S.

“It’s meant to build relationships outside the Muslim community,” Sayeed said.

While the intent is to reach non-Muslim households to dispel misconceptions and foster a better understanding of Muslims and Islam, the effort in Michigan started in Dearborn, where many Muslims live, because the group has connected with local mosques and recruited distribution teams in the city.

Including distribution in the Chicago and Houston areas, Sayeed said about 200,000 copies of the Qur’an have been hung on residential front doors in plastic bags since the effort began in 2007.

“The objective is to make a modern English translation of the Qur’an available as widely as possible in this country,” he said, “as a way to build a bridge between the communities and so that people understand the religion, not from the actions of people, but rather from what the book says itself.”

The version being distributed by the group is a translation by an American Muslim who had a Western audience in mind.

“Other translations were done — I don’t believe they have any particular focus,” Sayeed said. “This particular one is geared more toward a Western audience, beacuse the terminology, the experience base is very different… There is an aya [verse] in the Qur’an that talks about ‘slay them wherever you find them.’ This is very commonly quoted in the media, but the often neglected fact is that it is refering to a particular situation… Of course the media wants to talk about it as though it means ‘slay any non-Muslim wherever you find them,’ but that aya is referring to a particular situation, which was in a combat situation… I think most people in the Middle East, for instance, would know that it can’t possibly be referring to ‘slay them wherever you find them’ to indicate that you’re going to go around killing… That level of clarity — in some places [in this translation] you’ll find that it has been clarified that ‘wait a second, this is in a combat situation.'”

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The ultimate, long-term goal of the project is to get a Qur’an delivered to every home in America, though the level of fundraising necessary would likely take decades.

Of course Sayeed does not mention that Islam is a religion of war.

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34 comments for “Muslims Distribute 200,000 Korans in Mich., Hou., & Chicago

  1. Tonto
    December 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    How nice! Providing paper to put under the kindling in the fireplace for those cold, snowy nights that they have in Michigan. Very considerate.

  2. December 17, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Did anyone indicate the name of the "American" translator. There are some translators who are completely changing the definitions of words — e.g., "beat your women" becomes "leave your women."
    There are some translations of the Quran which leave out the "bad parts" like Surahs 8 and 9. It would be interesting to know if this distribution involves one of those deceptions. Most people who are familiar with the Bible as a sacred document would find a true translation of the Quran rather hateful and bombastic.

    • Fatawy
      November 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      I am an Arabic speaking person and the quran traslation is completely diffirent than the actual meaning.
      Please check this site for true facts about Islam
      http://islamcomicbook.com/

      All muslim converts to Christianity are eager to expose real Islam and they are a huge resource and powerful force that will bring Islam down peacefully

      • eib
        November 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

        If Muslims can ever be brought to a psychological place in which they accept the imperatives of civil society in the West, we would all be much safer than we are today.
        I would appreciate it very much if Muslims knew both what the Iliad says and why it says it.
        I wish they knew exactly Why there is freedom of religion in the West.
        So far, most Muslims have shown complete indifference to the elements, root and branch, of Western society.

  3. December 17, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I can give the Al-Furqaan Foundation a call tomorrow and see if I can find out.

  4. Ben
    December 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Their web site does not reveal the details. This page
    http://www.sendaquran.com/index.php/english-trans
    indicates that they sell the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation. The distro. is described as modern English, by an American.

    BSF Books has it: http://bsfbooks.org/?q=node/7
    The illustration is the same as that at Furqan. Trans. Professor Syed Vickar Ahmed and approved by Al-Azhar Islamic research academy & Pusat Islam Center in Malaysia is a great value as an alternative choice to the many translations that use old style English.

    The description seems to match, too. FSM verifies it:
    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications

    Read it here:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/10030191/The-Holy-Quran

    It is not exact, but the ayat I checked are pretty close, excepting 8:67 which does not use 'great slaughter'. 9.5, 8.39 & 9.29 are close enough.

    • December 17, 2009 at 6:17 am

      Thanks for taking the time Ben. I see he admits that the Koran is for all times.

      Just so you know, the reason that your comment did not post right away is because comments with more than one link have to be approved. Doing this really cuts down on the spam. Nothing personal.

  5. OneMoreCarol
    December 17, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Where are the Gideons and where is the American Bible Society? They should have already given away Bible in these cities. Or is that not PC if it's a Christian Holy Book. Read articles with Koranic translations at this site: http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate/index.ht

    • December 17, 2009 at 6:10 am

      Unfortunately in today's upside down world, Christianity is bad and Islam is good.

      Thanks for the link.

  6. Malaysian
    December 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I don't see the verse "slay them wherever you find them" refer to any particular situation or for combat situation..Most Islamic scholars and clerics do agree that Koran is applicable for all times and Islam which is based on Koran is the way of life.So the verse doesn't necessary for particular time.It's applicable in present and future."Particular time" is just an excuse used by Muslim to show that Koran doesn't support violence in present day.The verse also doesn't refer to combat situation.If Allah is the most-knowing,He should have put "slay them whenever the attack you first".Moreover,Koran is full of confusion and absurdities..200000 copies just a waste of paper..

  7. Bee
    December 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    same quran Ft Hood killer had? he was giving them away too…in English & Spanish

  8. sifter
    December 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I think we should acknowledge that we owe a debt to the Muslim community. If not for them, we would not have unbearably long security lines at airports, needless radiation exposure, fear when traveling by plane, etc.

    Be sure to Thanks A Muslim.

  9. March 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Chris, can you block this Malaysian troll? He stinks up Usenet from time to time too.

    • March 30, 2010 at 1:36 am

      Hi Gary, the Malaysian guy is on our side, but arad it getting the boot for spamming the site.

      • March 30, 2010 at 3:03 am

        I deduced, given that the spammer is using the same nic, that its the same spammer. Here's its Usenet trail –
        http://groups.google.com/groups/search?enc_author
        I then checked some headers and noticed the IPs were all from Malaysia.

        Another such spammer, kope, has made it here too. But I'd only noticed one comment from it.

        I wonder if they do this for obvious reasons but two of the biggest Usenet spammers haven't made it here yet, so they probably aren't making a coordinated effort.

        • March 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

          Good work! I banned arah's IP. I am fine with posting something once, but posters like him just have no respect.

          • March 30, 2010 at 3:17 am

            It appears to use more than one IP, based on its Usenet posts.

            I'm not sure how your moderation works, but if you can moderate just comments from people without an account, just turn that on after-hours.

          • March 30, 2010 at 3:38 am

            I have to look into it. Lets see if he bothers to try and come back.

      • Fed Up
        May 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

        No, Chris, there is no "our side' with this false "Gary Rumain", because he hates Jews, too.

        • May 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm

          I have not seen him say a word against Jews.

    • Fed Up
      May 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      And Chris, can you block this anti-Semitic troll who is using the name of a Jew to post racist & homophobic rants? His Jew-hatred he reserves for Usenet, where he's not trying to fool anyone into thinking that he "only hates terrroists."

  10. May 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Very informative. Thank you.

  11. May 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I understand it, the last paragraph just yet and all salt has been described.

  12. May 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Can they send me one, I need some toilet paper for a rainy day….

    • May 8, 2010 at 4:00 am

      LOL! Careful you don't find it a bit rough.

      There's a web site where you can order a copy online. I'd be cautious about giving them a personal address though.

      • May 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

        Probably would be ;o) but I’m not that keen on having the darned thing. Trying to read something so boring would be like watching grass grow. Although I’d prefer to do the latter…

        • May 9, 2010 at 2:01 am

          Wait till winter and use it for kindling. Either way, arselifters go ballistic when their silly koran gets desecrated. Mail the ashes back to them for some extra fun.

          • May 9, 2010 at 3:02 am

            That’s what the toilet paper was for….

          • May 9, 2010 at 3:56 am

            Yes, I'm sure they'll appreciate it! LOL!

          • May 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

            I doubt it!! ;o)

          • May 10, 2010 at 12:43 am

            Well, they drink camel urine, so don't be surprised.

            They also have a phobia about menstrual blood, any pig products and saliva.

            And shoes! They love throwing them but they don't like to see the soles of feet for some reason. Not sure how they cope when they pray. Perhaps they focus their gaze elsewhere.

  13. WeAreComingForU
    June 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I need one for toilet paper

  14. eib
    December 24, 2010 at 7:39 am

    This doesn’t make me particularly nervous. When the average, educated Westerner reads the Koran, provided he has no rage issues, he can see how chaotic the book is.
    He can also see for himself the many imperatives to violence, the confounding of judgment with war, and the hatred of Islam for himself.

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