Jakarta – Indonesia is considering cooperation in managing Quran printing with Saudi Arabia to reduce Quran supply deficit in the country.
Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas told Salaam Gateway that he met Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz and Secretary General of King Fahd Complex last week for the printing of the Holy Quran , Talal bin Razin Al-Rehil. in Medina to ask for help.
âWe asked the Saudi government to send a technical team to Indonesia to help us modernize our Quran printing press. So in terms of management, quality of the building, machines and materials, we can reproduce them, âsaid Qoumas.
He added that Saudi officials have in principle accepted the request, and in return, Saudi Arabia wants to establish an Islamic center in Indonesia.
Located in Ciawi, Bogor, West Java, the Indonesian Quran Printing House was established in 2016 with a production capacity of 300,000 copies per year. Apart from this facility, there are 288 other private publishers, but only five percent have a printing press.
A study by the Ministry of Religious Affairs showed that Indonesia produced only 1.7 million copies of the Quran from 2016 to 2020. This supply does not cover the annual demand for the Quran from Indonesian Muslims, which is from approximately 6.2 million copies per year.
On the other hand, the King Fahd 250,000 square meter complex for printing the Holy Quran in Medina printed about 18 million copies per year. Production uses sensors capable of detecting print defects, and copies can also last around 100 years, Qoumas said.
“With their help, we hope to increase our quality and production capacity to 10 million copies per year,” he added.
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