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King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Brief

In response to the increasing need of Muslims the world over for copies of the Noble Qur’an, assuming the pioneering role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in serving Islam and Muslims, and realising the importance of serving the Noble Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah, the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz, laid the foundation stone of King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah in 1982 and inaugurated it in 1984 as a body dedicated to carrying out this honourable task. On laying the foundation stone he said:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. With the blessing of Allah, the Exalted, the Able [do I lay this stone]… We pray that this project will be a blessing for the service of the Noble Qur’an, firstly, and Islam and Muslims, secondly. I pray to Allah, the Exalted, the Able, to grant us help and success in our religious and worldly affairs, and to make this project successful in fulfilling what it has been set up for, namely, the Noble Qur’an, so that Muslims may benefit from it and ponder on its meanings.

Aims of the Complex
Prominent among the aims of the Complex are: printing the Noble Qur’an and recording it on audio media in the riwâyahs well-known in the Muslim world, translating its meanings, furthering tafsir and Qur’anic studies, serving the Prophet’s Sunnah and biography, undertaking Islamic research and studies, and catering for the needs of Muslims, inside and outside the Kingdom, for the different publications of the Complex and making them available on the internet.

Supervision of the Complex
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da‘wah and Guidance supervises the Complex. His Excellency Shaikh Sâlih bin ‘Abdul-‘Azîz bin Muhammad Âl al-Shaikh is the Supervisor-General of the Complex and the head of its Higher Committee. The implementation of the Complex’s policies and the achievement of its aims are overseen by a General-Secretariat headed by the Secretary-General of the Complex, Prof. Muhammad Sâlim bin Shudayyid al-‘Awfî.
The Higher Committee
The higher committee of the Complex sets its general policies and aims, oversees their implementation, and endorses the rules and regulations of the Complex.

The Scholarly Board
The scholarly board of the Complex looks into scholarly matters in line with the Complex’s aims and suggests ways to advance them. It also considers research and issues of scholarly nature, and reviews the reports presented by specialised centres within the Complex.

Figures and Achievements
• The Complex comprises an integral line of production including the scholarly bodies, which work on preparing and producing its publications, and state-of-the-art printing, CD and audio-tape recording equipment.
• The Complex stands out with its advanced quality control system, applied rigorously at all production stages. There are almost 800 personnel in the quality control department responsible for ensuring that publications are free from defects.
• The Complex produces an average of 10 million copies per annum. The total number of copies printed in the Complex since its inception is 205 million.
• The Complex distributed tens of millions of its publications all over the world as a present from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More than a million copies are distributed annually as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Gift to Pilgrims.

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