Illegal facility for printing copies of Qur'an sealed

Seized copies of the Holy Qur'an. — Courtesy photo

Saudi Gazette

— Authorities have seized an illegal printing press facility operating from a warehouse in Riyadh that printed copied of the Holy Qur'an. A large number of printed Qur'an papers ready for binding were also confiscated from the facility.

Inspection teams of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment with the collaboration of security forces raided the warehouse, a statement issued by the ministry said.

The ministry said over 100,000 printed copies of the Qur'an were confiscated and the press owner was summoned.

It also said that printing of copies of the Holy Qur'an in the Kingdom except by the King Fahd Qur'an Printing Complex in Madinah is prohibited and the press was violating the rules.

The ministry said the case has been referred to Ministry of Information and Culture for further action.

Two years ago, police patrols in the holy city of Makkah seized a van carrying over 5,000 copies of the Quran printed at an unauthorized source.

The Qur'an Complex in Madinah is having a three-layer system for ensuring the authenticity of proper wording and printing in addition to the state of art printing technology.

The complex distributes free copies of the Qur'an to all mosques, charities and government agencies besides the thousands of pilgrims.

Since its establishment in 1984, the complex has distributed over 300 million copies of the Qur'an with its translation indifferent languages and also other Islamic literature.