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IslamQA: Can we gift the Quran to non-Muslims?

Assalamualaykum. I’m thinking to give a Quran as gift for my non Muslim friends. I want to make it special and also want to let them to have the opportunity to know about Islam/Allah. Even they actually haven’t show any interest with faith or asking me directly about Islam yet. What do you think? Or do you have another good idea for the gift? Jazakallah khairan

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

There is no issue with giving the Quran as a gift as long as it is clear to the recipients that you are not trying to make them convert. Just tell them you want to introduce them to Islam and make it clear you have no expectations of them converting. It’s best if you give them The Study Quran which explains the difficult and confusing parts. You can give them something else along with the books of Quran, such as chocolate.

As for other gift ideas, you could give them books of spiritual sayings, such as the sayings of Ibn al-Qayyim or Ibn al-Jawzi. Jonathan Brown’s Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction may also be nice.

And God knows best.
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