“And when books are spread abroad” – Spreading academic works in Kosovo

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Besmir Yvejsi, Secretary Ishaat, Jamaat Kosovo

The Holy Quran contains an important prophecy about the books and knowledge during the Latter Days when the Messiah would arrive. This prophecy is mentioned in Surah al-Takwir and says:

وَاِذَا الصُّحُفُ نُشِرَتْ

“And when books are spread abroad”.

Thus it is clear sign that one of the signs of the coming of the Promised Messiah is the distribution and spread of books. The books of the Promised Messiahas, the books of his Khulafa and the books of other scholars of the Jamaat are an inexhaustible source of knowledge and hidden treasures that are waiting the hands of zealous readers.

By the grace of Allah the Almighty and the prayers of Huzooraa, in the libraries of several cities in Kosovo, books published in Albanian language by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are being distributed.

Books were distributed to the Archive of Kosovo; Institute of History, Ali Hadri; The National Library, Pjeter Bogdani; Institute of Albanology; The Faculty of Philology; Branch of Oriental Studies, Faculty of Philosophy; Faculty of Education; Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo; Faculty of Islamic Studies; a bookstore, Cafe dit’ e nat’; The Inter-Municipality Association of Blind Persons; and finally in the communal library, Hivzi Sulejmani.

Photo of three copies (from left to right) of the book The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam in the library of Faculty of Islamic Studies, in Prishtina, capital of Kosovo

Afterwards, the distribution of books continued in the Municipality of Mitrovica, where one of the two branches of the Jamaat is located. Here too, with the help of the local mu‘allim, the distribution was a success and the beneficiaries of the books are the readers and students who attend the Inter-Communal Library, Latif Berisha, in the Municipality of Mitrovica. 15 kilometers from Mitrovica is the Municipality of Vushtrri.

The distribution of books was done in the regional library, Naim Frasheri, where the director of library, Dr Izet Miftari (PhD History) has welcomed the books and said “In the last week of March, our library will organise the Library Day and you will be given a gratitude for your contribution to us”.

The other town is the Municipality of Peja, which is the second branch of the Jamaat in Kosovo. With the help of the local mu‘allim, the books were delivered in two locations: firstly, two copies each of over ten titles, were distributed in the regional library, Azem Shkreli, and secondly, in the university’s library, Haxhi Zeka. It is noteworthy that the Director of the Azem Shkreli Library, Mrs Shengyl Kelmendi – Gashi, welcomed us to her office and thanked us for the books and invited us as a community or as a publisher to participate in the “The Peja Book Fair 2020”.

The fair, which is held each year in June in the Municipality of Peja, will take place over three days, and not only that, but she suggested to us that we can promote one of our publications during the days of the Book Fair. The books were specifically chosen as readers and students visit these libraries to research on a number of areas. If they research about the existence of God then they can read Ten Proofs for the Existence of God By Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, and if they are interested in religious philosophy and Islam they can read The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam by the Promised Messiahas. To understand the life of the Holy Prophetsa we placed the book Life of Muhammadsa across the libraries and to understand the solution Ahmadiyyat provides for the world crisis, they can read Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa book World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace.

In this way we pray that people come across these books when researching and Allah leads them to the right path, towards Islam Ahmadiyyat. Amin

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