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A Burundian Muslim association has translated the Holy Quran into Kirundi language, one of the two official languages of the East African countries, a religious leader told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Sheikh Sadiki Kajandi, the president and legal representative of the Islamic Community of Burundi (COMIBU), said, “This is a great event for us because on Monday we received the first translation of the Quran in Kirundi language. This is the first of its kind since the introduction of Islam to Burundi.”

The translation work was done by the Association for Mutual Aid and Solidarity (AMES), a local Muslim association.

AMES Chairperson Sheikh Abdi John Habonimana told Anadolu Agency that the translation took them eight years to complete.

“We thank Allah for this work a success, and we thank all Muslims and non-Muslims, including university professors, who contributed to the process of making the Quran accessible in Kirundi language,” he said.

Kirundi is spoken across Burundi, some parts of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda.

The Islamic community accounts for 10 percent of Burundi’s total population of 11 million.

The Muslims are mainly located in the urban areas such as Gitega and Rumonge as well as the capital Bujumbura.

Bujumbura is the home to a strong Islamic community dominated by West African traders from Senegal, Niger, Guinea, and Mali. There is also an Arab community.

According to historians, Islam entered Burundi around the 19th century.

 

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