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53 years ago… a Jordanian has restored 200,000 copies of the Qur’an (photos)

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publish date 2023-02-08 11:48:19

Al-Ayasra called his initiative “a cleaner’s cry” to draw people’s attention to the idea that started with collecting damaged books from waste.
The Jordanian entrepreneur works 12 hours a day in a place that contains 150 people, tirelessly
The initiative managed, at a low cost, to export about 21,000 copies of the Holy Qur’an to needy African countries

Jordanian Muhammad Al-Ayasra has been striving for decades to preserve the Holy Qur’an, taking it upon himself to undertake a personal initiative to collect and restore damaged copies of the Qur’ans.

Al-Ayasra, 75, who has so far completed the restoration of about 200,000 copies of the Qur’an, considered that whoever “burns the Qur’an is a terrorist who seeks to break the thoughts of Muslims.”

The man launched his initiative in 1970 in his hometown, Sakib, in the Jerash governorate, in the north of the country, in an area of ​​no more than a few square meters.

Despite his advanced age, Al-Ayasra finds pleasure in his work, exhausting him for about 12 hours a day, holding dozens of copies of the Qur’an in order to restore and distribute them again locally and abroad.

** An initiative at the age of 53 years

“Abu Zakariya” and this is his nickname. He did not complete his university education in religious sciences or the like in order to carry in his heart all those feelings for the Qur’an. All his achievement is the seventh grade stage, which he finished in 1966, then he served in the army until he reached the age of retirement.

It is said that “behind every great man is a woman.” But Abu Zakaria was supported by his two wives, who stood by him since he began his work restoring the Qur’an, before 16 of his sons and daughters joined him, bearing with their father the responsibility of preserving the Noble Qur’an.

Al-Ayasrah came up with the idea of ​​restoring the old Qurans in 1970 when he saw a paper with Arabic writing lying in a dirty area.

Since that time, Al-Ayasra said: “I started collecting damaged books and Qurans from all over the Kingdom, and I established a library for them that contains 150 shelves, and I sort them according to their condition.”

He explained: “I destroy what cannot be repaired in a legal way, especially the Qur’ans. I have a house of fire that can accommodate 6,000 copies, and after they turn into ashes, I bury them in a clean area so that they are not trampled by people’s feet.”

The Jordanian entrepreneur distributes the books that he restores for free to fans of reading and reading, and the Holy Qur’ans he exported to African countries with about 21,000 copies in coordination with local charitable societies.

Al-Ayasra stated that he restored and distributed 200,000 copies of the Qur’an, revealing that he is currently carrying out a campaign to collect and repair 10,000 Qur’ans and send them to South Africa.

** Honoring the Qur’an

Al-Ayasra tells about the stages and method of collecting old books and Qurans, and says: “I used to drive around in my private car in all governorates before I got a new one from King Abdullah II two years ago to help in this big project.”

Regarding the places where damaged copies are found, he pointed out that they are “waste containers and street corners, or through contacts from certain people or entities.”

The stages of evaluating the damaged copies of the Qur’an begin at Al-Ayasra from the cover, then making sure that the papers inside are not missing and that they are completely intact. He performs the tasks of this stage with the help of his children and sometimes others.

The Jordanian entrepreneur denies reaping any material benefit from the restoration of old books, and says: “There is no material benefit to be mentioned, and all I want is to serve the Holy Qur’an, and to respond to those who try to insult it, and to tell them that there are men who have enlisted themselves to honor the Qur’an.”

Al-Ayasra considered that “whoever burns the Holy Qur’an is in fact carrying out a terrorist act, as he wants to cause discord and break the thoughts of Muslims and Muslim societies.”

** A feasible idea

Al-Ayasra named his initiative “The Cry of a Homeland Worker (Cleaning Worker),” noting that “the aim of this designation is to draw people’s attention to the idea that began with collecting damaged books from waste containers.”

The initiative allows access to the restored books for free, while the Qurans are redistributed to African countries where Muslims suffer from a shortage of Qurans.

The costs of restoration are not expensive, according to Al-Ayasra. They are “300 dinars per week for fuel for the car ($422), 75 dinars ($105) for the place’s rent, and 70 dinars ($98) for adhesives.”

Al-Ayasra stated: “This confirms that my idea is to serve the Holy Qur’an, which is available to anyone who wants it, especially since the cost is not high.”

He concluded by saying: “I work 12 hours a day, throughout the week, at an average of 100 hours a week without getting tired or bored.”

Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have recently witnessed the burning of copies of the Holy Qur’an by far-right personalities, while Norway revoked permission to burn a copy of the Qur’an last week, as a result of a warning sent by Turkey to it.


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