Saudi Arabia: King Fahd Complex for Printing of the Holy Quran

The King Fahd Complex for Printing of the Holy Quran is located within the holy city of Medina. It it here where thousands upon thousands of Qurans are translated into many languages and printed. The complex was established in 1982 with several goals and objectives:

· Provide officially recognized translations of the Quran in order to meet the increasing needs of the Muslim world.

· Importance of providing the best services for the Sunnah of the Prophet.

· In recognition of the important role which Saudi Arabia plays in the service of Islam and muslims.

King Fahd laid the cornerstone on this complex in 1982 and was also present during the complex official inauguration in 1984.

The complex has the following aims:

· Printing the Noble Qur’an according to its well-known methods of recitation all over the Muslim world

· Producing audio-recordings of the Noble Qur’an according to its well-known methods of recitation all over the Muslim world

· Translating the meaning of the Noble Qur’an and its interpretation

· Promoting Qur’anic fields of study

· Promoting the study of the Sunnah and the Prophet’s Biography

· Supporting Islamic studies and researches

· Meeting the Muslims’ needs, in the Kingdom and abroad, for the Complex publications

· Providing international networks with the Complex publications

The Complex is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance, with Shaikh Saleh Bin Abdel Aziz Bin Muhammad Al Al-Shaikh as the General Supervisor and the Head of the Complex’s High Commission, and with Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ishaq Al Al-Shaikh, as the Vice General Supervisor. The General Secretariat, headed and supervised by Dr. Muhammad Salim Bin Shadid Al Oufy, implements and follows up the policies and aims of the Complex.

The complex is quite large and in addition to providing and printing translations of the Quran, it also has a formal translation center which

studies the problems related to these translations and presents suitable solutions. Among the tasks of the Center is to prepare research papers and studies in the field of translation; verifying the current translations; and translating what Muslims need of Qur’anic subjects and fields of study. There is also a council specialized in the translations’ affairs.

The Center of Research and Islamic Studies main duty is to prepare research papers and specialized studies related to Islamic fields of study, particularly, in the field of Da’wa. Among its tasks is to conduct studies related to Muslim communities and Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries. It monitors what is written and published against Islam and prepares the appropriate responses.

The Quranic Studies Center is concerned with collecting and preserving the manuscripts and publications in addition to documents and information related to the Noble Qur’an and its fields of study. Among its tasks is to verify the books related to the Noble Qur’an and to refute the doubts and misconceptions raised against them. The Center produced a simplified interpretation of the Noble Qur’an.

The Training and Technical Qualification Center is to train Saudi professionals for work in different branches of the Complex (preparations, montage, printing, bookbinding or maintenance). The center organized eleven training programs. Distinguished trainees are awarded scholarships to specialized faculties and institutes in Saudi Arabia and abroad.

The Complex produces more than ten million copies of different publications a year for every single shift. It is possible, if needed, to make it work three shifts to produce 30 million copies a year. The number of publications produced by the Complex so far has exceeded ninety different publications, including complete Mushafs and parts, translations, recordings, books of Sunnah and of the Prophet’s Biography and others. The Complex has three manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an of its own. Two, according to the narration of Hafs after Asim, and one, according to the narration of Warsh after Nafi‘, and all are written by the calligrapher of the Complex and revised by the Scholarly Committee for Revising the Mushaf of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

The Complex has published 55 different translations of the Holy Qur’an in 39 languages.

And you can receive a brief view of the printing complex with this video:


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