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World’s ‘first crowd-sourced Quran’ to be displayed at UK’s largest Muslim convention

| 01 August, 2019

- Each verse of the Quran individually handwritten by both Muslim and non-Muslim members of the public 

- Al-Qalam [The Pen] project has more than 6000 contributors from numerous countries across the world

- The project has travelled around the world taking over 5 years to complete the first full copy

- The first copy of the Quran will be on display for the first time at the UK’s largest three-day Islamic gathering

A unique copy of the Quran will be showcased for the first time at the UK’s largest Islamic annual convention between 2nd – 4th August 2019.

The Al-Qalam (The Pen) project, founded by calligrapher and Islamic art collector Razwan Baig and officially launched by the worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has given the opportunity to thousands of participants from around the world to collaborate and hand-write a single verse of the Quran in Arabic – with the final and complete version due to be on display at UK’s largest Muslim convention known as the Jalsa Salana, in Alton, Hampshire. The annual convention is expected to bring together 38,000 attendees from over 110 countries.

Members of the public from all walks of life and with no prior experience of calligraphy contributed to the ‘crowdsourced’ Quran, which has taken over five years to complete.

The project, run by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, illustrates the importance of the Quran for the more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.

Razwan Baig, who founded the Al-Qalam project, believes it shows the collaborative power of faith and art.

“The Quran is a treasure of wisdom and knowledge for all. This is the message which resonates in the heart of the calligrapher while they are penning the sacred text, thus it is truly special for each one of us.

“This is the first copy of the Holy Quran in 1400 years which has been compiled by more than 6000 contributors – both Muslims and non-Muslims – who penned each verse and this will be preserved in history. Most important in the entire journey of the Al-Qalam Project was the contribution of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph and the worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who penned the opening chapter, Surah Al-Fatihah.”

In addition to the interactive Al-Qalam Project, there will also be a special exhibition hosted by The Review of Religions in collaboration with Razwan Baig, focusing on Islamic calligraphy an art by award-winning sculptor, Adam Williamson, creator of the HM The Queen Mother Memorial, who will be working on a new piece over the three days of the convention. Razwan Baig, one of the largest private collectors of Islamic artefacts in the UK, will also be displaying a selection of rare antiquities from his personal collection.

The Review of Religions, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s official English magazine, have managed the running of the Al-Qalam project worldwide.

 

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Notes to editors:

Further information about the event and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community available here. Journalists are welcome to take part in the project and report on it on-site. Photos and B-Rolls can also be provided on request.

Media contacts:

- Sabahuddin Ahmedi: 07557220905 / 02085447678 or Sabah.ahmedi@pressahmadiyya.com

- Farhad Ahmad: 07737207604 or farhad.ahmad@pressahmadiyya.com

- Hazik Rahman: 07790130608 or hazik.rahman@pressahmadiya.com 

Venue Information:

- Venue: Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Oakland Farm), East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3AU

- By car: Free parking on site (One hour drive from London).

- Public transport: A free shuttle service will be operating from Alton Train Station (1 hour 7 minutes direct from Waterloo via Clapham Junction).

- Dates: Friday, 2nd August – Sunday, 4th August 2019 

Some Key Features of the Jalsa Salana:

- Pledge of allegiance to the Caliph: The Gathering will take pledge of Allegiance to the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who regularly reminds of the Islamic teachings of peace and tolerance

- Raising of the Union Jack: The Union Jack will be raised as a show of loyalty to Britain and integration

- 53 years: Longest standing and largest Muslim convention in the UK

- 200 acres: The site is a Hampshire farm, which is turned into a global village with facilities including accommodation, a bread factory and a kitchen that produces more than 270,000 meals

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