Finland: The Koran read in its entirety on the radio

Source: FSSPX News

The studios of the Finnish radio broadcasting service YLE finished recording a series of 60 half-hour programs in which the Koran is read in its entirety in Finnish. The first program was broadcast on March 7, 2015, on YLE Radio 1. “This unprecedented project aims to increase knowledge of the Koran and of Muslim culture in Finland,” Finnish public radio explains.

Each passage is preceded by a commentary by imam Anas Hajjar, from the Islamic Society of Finland, and Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, from the University of Helsinki, the translator of the text into Finnish. During these preliminary discussions, the two men “explore the religious and historical context of the text about to be read”. “It is important for the Koran to be read in its entirety and not just selected passages that show that Islam is either evil and violent, or else good and great. The whole text is presented to the listener, who evaluates it for himself,” Hämeen-Anttila says.

Mohammad Hussein Omar, President of the Finnish Islamic Society, described the initiative as a good way of helping people to understand better the Muslim religion and its customs; and imam Anas Hajjar presented it as “an important step in understanding the other. It is an attempt to tell the story of the Koran and of what it contains,” without trying to offend anybody.

Finland has between 50,000 to 60,000 Muslims in a total population of 5.5 million inhabitants. (Sources: apic/ap/yle – DICI no. 313 dated April 3, 2015)

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