ACTNews, MADAGASKAR – Seven percent of the 28 million Madagascar population are Muslims. Despite being a minority, their enthusiasm for learning Islamic knowledge has never diminished, including in reciting the Holy Quran.
However, their enthusiasm was not supported by adequate facilities. Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team said, in Madagascar, it was very difficult to get a copy of the Quran.
Responding to the situation, ACT delivered the mandate from Generous Benefactors by providing Quran copy aid to the Malagasy. A total of one thousand Quran copies were distributed to three areas in Madagascar including Antananarivo Majunga, and Fianarantsoa Districts.
According to Firdaus, the three districts were chosen due to the many Muslim populations there. To distribute the Quran copies, ACT team had to go through a series of verifications and very strict regulations in Madagascar.
“The Quran copy distribution is expected to motivate the Malagasy, especially children who learn and memorize the Quran as well as the Islamic knowledge,” said Firdaus, Monday (8/2/2021).
The distribution was also enlivened with tahfiz (the Quran memorizer) competition followed by several Muslim children in Madagascar. The action is also hoped to motivate and increase the number of children who join the tahfiz program.
“The Quran copy aid doesn’t only benefit the children but also adults. They are now facilitated to learn the Quran since previously, let alone having a Quran copy, the adults could barely see the printed Quran copy before,” concluded Firdaus.