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Ahmadiyya: The First Muslim Organization to Translate the Holy Quran into any Nigerian Language | By Al-Hafiz Yunus Omotayo

| By Al-Hafiz Yunus Omotayo

Ahmadiyya is the FIRST to translate the full text of the Holy Quran into Nigerian languages, ranging from Yoruba translation (Alukuraani Mímó, partly in 1957 while the full text was published in 1976) and Igbo translation (Koran Nso, 1989).

The Hausa translation (Al-Kurani Mai Tsarki) was completed and first published in 1992, coming after Shaykh Gumi‘s translation which was published in 1979 in Lebanon.

Ahmadiyya: The First Muslim Organization to Translate the Holy Quran into any Nigerian Language | By Al-Hafiz Yunus Omotayo

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Overall, Ahmadiyya has translated the Holy Quran into over 75 world languages, including English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Persian, Urdu, Swahili and Sanskrit, among others. Works on Etsako language (spoken in the Edo State of Nigeria) and a few other Nigerian languages are ongoing.

It is, therefore, grossly inaccurate to claim that the prominent Igbo Muslim, Shaykh Chukwuemeka’s translation of the Quran into Igbo, which is set to be launched tomorrow, 1st July 2022, is the first translation of the Quran into the Igbo language, as some are erroneously assuming.

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