Social activist gifts Holy Quran to Amitabh Bachchan[ Big B] :: News
Posted November 24, 2013on:
Social activist gifts Holy Quran to Amitabh Bachchan
Look who’s the proud owner of the new Quran Sharif. None other than Big B himself. Amitabh Bachchan has always pursued his spiritual interests and in a secular spirit, reflected over different religions over the last decade. He already possesses three copies of the holy Quran among other religious books. And he was pleasantly surprised recently to be gifted the holy book by entrepreneur and social activist Haji Arfat Shaikh.
A unique interactive Quran Sharif, it allows readers to read through audio in Arabic and Persian, and immediately in the translated version of the language of their choice. This Quran Sharif offers a choice of over 22 languages (regional and foreign) with an immediate simple and easy-to-understand translation. Says Shaikh, “I was aware of Amitji’s interest in different religions. He is a deeply spiritual man and reads a lot about God. He really liked the gift.”
In an age where Islam and its tenets are widely misunderstood, Shaikh feels this kind of book will help people, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, to find out for themselves what Islam is truly about and realise what the holy book actually says. That’s why Shaikh, as he starts off on a holy journey to Mecca that coincides with his 37th birthday, is talking about this cherished venture.
He is the founder of the Yasar Arfat Charitable Trust, which has recently taken over the distributorship of this interactive version of Quran Sharif in India. However, he is a firm believer that God helps those who help themselves. He intends to delegate the distributorship of this holy book to the unemployed youth in the city. “I don’t believe in handouts. Charity should enable people to take responsibility and work hard for their livelihoods. I am hoping that selling such a holy book will help them earn a decent livelihood for their families and work towards financial independence,” adds Shaikh.
The Yasar Arfat Charitable Trust also grants scholarships, which include books, course fees, and study material, to needy students. The trust will also sell SSC study material to underprivileged students at heavily subsidised rates. “The idea is to enable students, not get them used to donations. I hope that when they start earning well, they will also feel the urge to give back to society, to help other needy people,” says Shaikh.
It was a need to give back to society that prompted Shaikh to set up this trust. With multiple business interests, ranging from garments to travel to recent forays into infrastructure development and films, Shaikh believes that the youth in India need to make a difference to the society and take care of their parents while they are alive. “Everyone makes money; nothing new in that. But all of us must also do something for the underprivileged. And from our own earnings — not donations. The trust doesn’t ask anyone for donations; in fact, we have never even printed a receipt book for that matter. The most important thing is that today’s youth need to take care of their parents. Whatever we are is because of them and their blessings and we must fulfil our duty towards them with respect and love. If we all show this will and sincerity, we will surely make a difference,” ends.
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