The Quran (English pronunciation: /kɔrˈɑːn/[n 1] kor-ahn; Arabic: القرآن‎ al-qurʾÄn, IPA: [qurˈʔaːn],[n 2] literally meaning „the recitation“), also transliterated Qur’an, Koran, Al-Coran, Coran, Kuran, and Al-Qur’an, is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎, Allah).[1] It is regarded widely as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language.

The Quran is composed of verses (Ayah) that make up 114 chapters (suras) of unequal length which are classified either as Meccan (المكية) or Medinan (المدينية) depending upon the place and time of their claimed revelation. Muslims believe the Quran to be verbally revealed through angel JibrÄl (Gabriel) from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately 23 years beginning in 610 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death.                                        

Hereby, the Executive Committee of the Quran Festival, would like to invite you to join other Islamic Centers for holding next Quran Festival in the month of Ramadan al-Mubarak 2012.

The Executive Committee of the Quran Festival had the honour to hold the first Quran Festival, at which several Islamic centers were present, in Ottawa in 2010. The main goal of this festival is to familiarize the youth and adolescents of the Muslim as well as non-Muslim communities in Canada with the aesthetics and visual elegance of the Quran and its noble concepts.

The Festival intends to set the grounds for introduction and development of Quranic culture and education, along with the valuable and productive programs of the Islamic centers in the holy month of Ramadan,  the month of the revelation of the Quran and the month of fasting.

The first Quran Festival was held in the holy month of Ramadan in 2010, participated by a group of Islamic centers in Ottawa. In the month of Ramadan 2011, the second Quran exhibition was held in Ottawa. A similar exhibition was held in Toronto, at the Ontario Science Centre, for the first time, which was received with great enthusiasm from visitors.

Second Quran Festival, Ottawa, Aug 6 – 7 2011

Since the beginning of its mission, the Committee has set its aim to invite as many interested Islamic centers as possible to participate in its annual festival.  Therefore, in the upcoming month of Ramadan , with the graciousness and providence of Allah, and with the committed attendance and participation of all Islamic centers, along with the annual exhibitions in Ottawa and Toronto, we are planning to establish the first Quran Festival in Montreal, Insha’Allah.

Alongside constructing a channel of education on the beauties of the Holy Quran and the relevant Islamic arts for Muslim and non-Muslim populations, we hope to attract the younger generations’ attention to their rich Islamic/Quranic heritage.

The Quran Festival includes a variety of exhibitions and programs, of which the most important ones are

  1. The exhibition of exquisite Qurans
  2. The exhibition of Quranic Interpretations (Tafsirs)
  3. The exhibition of Quranic Arts (i.e. copies of the antique and elegant prints of Quran pages, beautiful artworks, Islamic Calligraphy, etc.)
  4. Quran in the virtual space (i.e. Internet)
  5. Quran and Children
  6. Quranic Software
  7. Quranic Videos/Animations
  8. Quranic Knowledge and Contests
  9. Quranic Recitation
  10. Speech and Answering the visitors’ questions on Quranic topics

All the participating Islamic centers can have a specific display table to introduce and present information about the programs of their own centers as well as any Quranic artworks.

As the Quran Festival aims to have the maximum participation from Islamic centers, on behalf of this committee, we would like to invite your center to take part in the 2012 Annual Quran Festival.

We look forward to hearing back from you and hope to have you as one of the contributing centers to the 2012 Quran Festival. To help us organize and coordinate sections and duties well in advance, please complete the attached form  and send it back to us as soon as possible.

Executive Committee of Quran Festival in Canada Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ottawa

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