A couple of days ago CAIR put up this site, offering a free copy of the Qur’an to Americans who requested one. Their stated goal is to “…promote understanding of the Qur’an by distributing complimentary copies to any interested member of the American public.”
In response, I sent them the following email requesting more information:
I see that you are offering a Qur’an to Americans in order to foster understanding of Islam among the non-Muslim American public. I am very interested in learning more but I am not familiar with Arabic. Could you please tell me if the Qur’an you are offering is in English? I do not wish to waste your resources by requesting a copy which I am unable to read.
To which I received this reply today:
Dear Mr. Taylor,
The version we offer includes the Arabic text, English translation and transliteration, and English commentary. If you are interested, please go to https://www.cair-net.org/explorethequran/request.asp to request a free copy.
So I followed the link and signed up. When i submitted my information I was presented with the following message:
Thank you for requesting an English translation of the Qur’an.
We currently have an overwhelmingly high number of requests for copies of the Qur’an. We are in the process of ordering more to meet this high demand.
Please be patient and confident that each person who requests a Qur’an in the United States will receive it as soon as they become available to us for shipping.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
It appears their offer is generating significant interest. I encourage all of our readers to learn as much as they can about Islam and this is a good way to begin.