The Darul Uloom,an Islamic seminary based in Deoband,made its debut at the 18th Book Fair,which is currently on at Pragati Maidan.
Hardbound copies of the Holy Quran,with attractive calligraphy and gold embossing,have been drawing crowds at the Maktaba Darul Uloom Deoband stall in Hall 9.
Dressed in crisp white salwaar-kameez and a prayer cap,Maulana Mohammad Yamin Qasmi says he drove from Deoband to be part of the fair. The idea behind participation,he says,was to reach out to and educate more people.
We have been publishing books,fatwas and religious material since 1866,but this is the first time we are coming to the Delhi Book Dair, Qasmi says.
Qasmi and team had brought along a basic collection of books copies of the Holy Quran in English,Urdu,Hindi and Persian,a compiled hardbound 17-volume set of fatwas issued by Darul Uloom and a few other books on Islam.
But the sale has been brisk and,looking at public demand,Qasmi has stocked in books on a wider range of subjects,especially in Hindi and English.
Priced between Rs 10 and Rs 300,the books have been attracting many readers.
Mohammad Salahudin,from the Internet Division of Darul Uloom,says: Books are the best way to overcome misconceptions about Islam. On Day 1,some young students came over and asked naive questions about violence,terrorism and fatwas. We had a long discussion on the subjects,and they bought one of our bestsellers,Irshad-e-Islam,which talks about peace and religion.
The Book Fair is on till September 9.