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Rohingya are the indigenous Muslim ethnic minority of Burma (Myanmar) mainly residing in Arakan (Rakhine) state. The Rohingya are considered the most persecuted minority in the world. The plight of the Rohingya is well known at an international level. Nearly every other day we read or hear something about them. The discrimination against Rohingya Muslims not only kept them behind in the sociopolitical field, but in fact they have blocked Rohingya Muslims from their spiritual and mental development and growth too. The very essence of the discrimination against the Rohingya was based on their religion and race.
Despite all that the Rohingya have been put through, the recitation and listening of the Holy Quran is something the community holds on to dearly. Despite this love, many if not most of the Rohingya cannot understand the Quran as there is no translation of the Quran in the Rohingya language and because of the majority having to flee to different lands, it is next to impossible to dedicate time to study and understand the Quran like other communities.
Today, the situation on the ground in many refugee camps that we are witnessing is disturbing. The refugee camps are being targeted by Christian missionaries in the name of humanitarian aid to plant doubts regarding Islam in the minds of the Rohingya and call them towards Christianity. The missionaries have even translated large portions of the Bible to the Rohingya language to propagate their call better.
In response to this, and with a strong sense of responsibility towards our brothers and sisters, a dedicated Rohingya has come together to facilitate the translation of the Quran into the Rohingya language.
This campaign is an unprecedented initiative in the Rohingya history, aiming to connect the nation to the Book of Allah by facilitating its translation into their mother tongue.
This Project aims to deliver:
– HD videos of 114 Surahs
– Dedicated channels on social media channels to publish the content.
– A dedicated site to download and distribution of the translation to the public.
This project requires a team of 3-5 people to carry out the task to produce the deliverables along with the necessary equipment, facilities and recourse. The estimated cost for entire project is about USD 81,000. This campaign aims to sustain the ongoing project work.
RVision has been empowering Rohingya children, youth and women, in their culture, history and spirituality that have been long neglected and are at the edge of extinction. The first phase of the project will focus on translating The Quran in Rohingya language. The second phase of the project will focus on producing media based on the translation that includes voiceover, audio recording, graphics and montages etc. The King Fahad English and Urdu translation will be used as primary source and point of reference for the Rohingya translation. The translation of the divinely eloquent text into a minority language is even more tough because of the terminology and expressions used.
Research and Development Team
– Sheikh Qutub Shah: PhD in Usul Al-Din and Comparative Religion (IIUM) and BA in Dawah and Usul Al-Din (Madinah)
– Farid Abu Ahmed: CEO of Dakwah Corner Publication
– Muhammad Noor: Managing Director of Rohingya Vision
– Hafiz Naeemullah: Ustaz and Quran Reciter
– Naeem Noor: Sound, Graphics and Tech
Donations to this campaign will help facilitate the translation and production of audio and video series of the Quran in Rohingya language for multipurpose usage and easy distribution. An example of the translation work and media is shown below.
DCB is among the top ranking publishing house that was incorporated in 2008 as an extended representative of the well-known Dawah Corner bookstore based in the holy city of Makkah. DCB is committed to be one of the most trusted sources of Islamic books, multimedia, and publications by maintaining an extensive inventory of high quality products, based on authentic Islamic works, in multiple languages.
Since 2012, Rohingya Vision (Rvision) become one of the primary sources of information for the international community. RVision is the most trusted and viewed TV channel within Rohingya in the international arena. It gained its role as the world’s first Rohingya TV and news network. Along with its role as a TV channel, it has also extended its work in community building and empowerment.