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Key Points

Campaign Story

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.

Solution

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.

Why audio and video format? While the Rohingya language is spoken and understood by 1.8 million people, its written format- the alphabets and vocabulary – has gone through several changes over the centuries. In the 1980s, a Rohingya scholar, Maulana Muhammad Hanif, who lives in Bangladesh, finally developed a language system now known as the Rohingya Hanifi, to standardise the language and make it easy for people to learn it. 

Illiteracy is rife among the Rohingyas –  most of whom now live in congested refugee camps in Bangladesh. They have been deprived of education and jobs for decades. Even if the translation is done in the form of text, majority of the Rohingya still won’t be able to access it. This calls for the need of audio and video translations.

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 the entire project is about USD 81,000. This campaign aims to sustain the ongoing project work.

1. Research, Finding and References: 200
2. Research on Rohingya Vocabulary: 200
3. Translation: 700
4. Review: 200
5. Recoding and Sound: 300
6. Tech Resources: 200
7. Footage and Tracks: 100
8. Graphics and Montage: 200
9. Content and Video Review: 100
10. Compiling and Production: 400
11. Additional Resources: 100
Total Cost Per Part: USD 2700

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
– Sheikh Mohamed Ayoub: Imam Masjid al-Nabawi (Quran Recitation)
– Naeem Noor: Sound, Graphics and Tech
– Mohammed Fayyad : Montaeer

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

🇲🇾 Mari meyumbang kepada penterjemahan Al-Quran ke dalam Bahasa Rohingya yang pertama di dunia

Mari meyumbang kepada penterjemahan Al-Quran ke dalam Bahasa Rohingya yang pertama di dunia

Pelarian etnik Rohingya adalah golongan etnik minoriti Muslim Burma (Myanmar) yang berasal dari negeri Arakan (Rakhine). Mereka tidak diiktiraf Kerajaan Myanmar walaupun dikatakan mendiami wilayah itu sejak 500 tahun dahulu.

Kini, menurut Amnesty International, hampir satu juta pelarian Rohingya tinggal di kem-kem pelarian di Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, khususnya di kem pelarian di Kutupalong dan Nayapara, setelah mereka meninggalkan rumah mereka di Myanmar.

Isu diskriminasi terhadap Muslim Rohingya telah menyebabkan mereka ketinggalan dalam pelbagai aspek, termasuk bidang sosiopolitik, rohani dan mental. Namun, mereka tetap berpegang pada aktiviti membaca dan menghayati Al-Quran meskipun ramai tidak dapat memahami kitab Allah kerana tidak ada terjemahan yang sedia ada.

Sebagai umat Islam, ia adalah tanggungjawab kami untuk membela saudara-saudari Rohingya kami. Kempen ini adalah usaha kolaboratif antara seorang rakyat Rohingya dan organisasi lain untuk menterjemahkan Al-Quran ke dalam Bahasa Rohingya.

بادر بالمساهمة في حملة دعم لترجمة القران الكربم الي اللغة الروهنغيا 🇸🇦

بادر الان في دعم حملة ترجمة القرآن الكريم الى لغة الروهينغا لم تمنع الاعمال التعسفية مسلمي الروهينغا من اللحاق بالركب في المجالات الاجتماعية و السياسية فقط, وإنما منعتهم من النمو في شتى الميادين الروحية والتعليمية والنفسية ايضا. الحقيقة المرة هي أن جوهر محنة الروهينغا و قضاياهم قائم على أساس الدين و العرق ، ولكن للأسف الشديد لم يظهر إلى يومنا هذا أي تفسير أو ترجمة للقرآن الكريم الذي هو المصدر الأول للإسلام و الهداية إلى لغة الروهينغا, و نتيجة لذلك فإن غالبيتهم لا يمكنهم الى الان فهم كتاب الله بلغتهم الأم.  نشهد اليوم نشاطات مكثفة لمبشرين مسيحيين في مناطق تواجد الروهينغا و التي تعمل على استهداف العقيدة الاسلامية بالإغراء و الخدمات و الوعود مستغلين ظروفهم وأحوالهم المأساوية، و تستمر مساعيهم بشكل مكثف و جاد من خلال توفير وسائل تبشيرية أهمها ترجمة الكتاب المقدس المحرف الى لغة الروهينغا. عبرت مجموعة شبابية من أبناء الروهينغا عن قلقهم حيال هذا التطور الجديد داخل مجتمعهم المتحصن الذي لم يشهد أبدًا أي انحراف ديني في الماضي حتى في أصعب الظروف و الأحوال في داخل أراكان, شكل هؤلاء الشباب الغائرون على عقيدتهم وإيمانهم فريقا متخصصا من أبناء الروهينغا, ليقف متحدا في صف واحد ضد هذا المشروع التبشيري, و يعمل على تحقيق حلم الامة و نقله من السراب الى الواقع, ألا وهو نقل القران الكريم إلى لغة الروهينغا؛ ندعوا إخواننا المسلمين للوقوف معنا و توفير كامل الدعم لهذا المشروع الديني والعلمي النبيل و ذلك لإنقاذ أمتنا من براثن التنصير و مصائده.

🇲🇾 Malaysia Bank Transfer

Bank Name: Alliance Bank
Name: GS Global Guardian Sdn Bhd
Account: 620100010023192
Reference: RT Quran

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Campaign Updates

Campaign Started

Translation of Juzz 30 which includes Surah An-Naba to Surah An-Nas has been completed. 

Watch: Surah Mulk

Campaign Goal Updated

The overall campaign goal is MYR 360,490 broken into different phases.

Alhamdulilah Phase 1 is completed and the campaign goal has been updated to MYR 100,000

Campaign Goal Updated

The overall campaign goal is MYR 360,490 broken into different phases.

Alhamdulilah Phase 2 is completed and the campaign goal has been updated to MYR 200,000

World Media Coverage

Campaign featured in TRT World.

Read the article here.

Audio Translation Update

Listen here.

Campaign Goal Updated

The overall campaign goal is MYR 360,500 broken into different phases.

We have started Phase 3 which is the final phase of the campaign

The team has successfully translated 9 Juzz of the Quran. 

This includes the first 6 Juzz (1-6) and the last 3 Juzz (28-30). This marks the completion of the translation of some of the longest as well as some of the shortest Surahs in the Quran. The media has already been edited, uploaded, and distributed among the Rohingya with immense success and positive feedback. 

The media can be viewed here

The team has begun work on translating the 10th Juzz (Juzz 7) now. 

The team has successfully translated 15 Juzz of the Quran and this has happened well ahead of schedule Alhamdulilah. The team went on the ground to get testimonials from the Rohingya on how they are liking and benefiting from the translations made available to them. 

Watch Video Update

The media has already been edited, uploaded, and distributed among the Rohingya with immense success and positive feedback. 

The team has begun work on the last stretch of translation. 

Supporting Partner

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.

Campaign Partner

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.

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