1997 News Story

Millions of copies of the Holy Qur'an distributed

The Madinah-based King Fahd Printing Complex for the Holy Qur'an has, since its establishment in 1984, distributed a total of 105.5 million copies of the Holy Book and interpretations and translations of it in a number of languages, on cassette as well as in printed versions, corresponding to 51 editions.   The complex, spread over an area of 250,000 square meters, is an integrated facility which includes, in addition to an administration building, departments for transportation and marketing, a printing press, and storerooms, a mosque, a guest house, staff housing, and facilities such as a clinic, a library and recreation areas.   Its annual production capacity is ten million copies of the Holy Qur'an for each eight-hour work shift.  With three shifts daily, it can produce up to 30 million copies of the Holy Book annually.

In a related development, the Department of Special Education at the Ministry of Education has announced plans to print at its own printing press, and at the personal expense of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, a Braille version of the Holy Qur'an for distribution worldwide to blind Muslims, who are estimated to number some 15 million.