PUNJAB HOLY QURAN
AND RECORDING) ACT 2011
[2 May 2011]
An Act to
ensure publication of the text of the Holy Quran
errors of printing and recording and proper
of damaged or shaheed copies of the Holy Quran.
Whereas it is expedient to provide for publication of the text of the Holy
Quran free from errors of printing and recording, for proper disposal of
damaged or shaheed copies of the Holy Quran, and for ancillary matters;
It is enacted as
1. Short title, extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording)
(2) It extends to
the whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
In this Act–
(a) “Ayah” means a
sentence, clause or verse of the Holy Quran at the end of which the small
round circle is given in the standard copy;
(b) “damaged or
shaheed copy of the Holy Quran” includes a sub-standard copy of the Holy
Quran, damaged or worn out pages of the Holy
Quran and other pages containing Quranic verses;
means collection and storage of a damaged or shaheed copy of the Holy Quran
and includes its burial under the ground or its disposal in the sea or river
or recycling it in such manner as conforms to its holiness and sanctity;
(d) “Holy Quran”
means the Holy Quran in the Arabic text,
published in a complete form, or in the form of parts (Paaras) or chapters
(Surahs), but does not include extracts published in a text-book, a
prayer-book or a religious treatise;
means prescribed by the rules made under the
means a person or an association of persons
registered under section 3 as publisher of the Holy Quran;
(g) “Quran Board”
means the Quran Board constituted under section 4;
(h) “record of the
Holy Quran” means
the Holy Quran recited in human voice and recorded by any modern means of
recording, conforming to the text contained in the standard copy;
company” means a person or an association of persons registered under
section 3 as a recording company; and
copy” means a copy of the Holy Quran authenticated by the Quran Board as
corrected and free from errors of printing.
3. Registration of
publishers and recording companies.–
The Government may, in the prescribed manner and on payment of prescribed
fee and fulfillment of the prescribed terms and conditions, register a
publisher or a recording company for purposes of publishing or recording the
(1) The Government shall constitute a Quran Board comprising prominent
Ulama, Huffaz and Qaris of all schools of
thought amongst Muslims [out
of whom at least thirty-three percent shall be women, if available].
(2) The Government
shall cause a copy of the Holy Quran to be prepared, and shall forward it to
the Quran Board for authentication as a standard copy.
(3) The Government
shall keep the standard copy in the Government archives for safe custody.
(4) The Quran Board
shall recommend steps for error-free printing and publication or recording
of the Holy Quran and shall, subject to the direction of the Government,
supervise the work of error-free printing and publication or recording of
the Holy Quran.
(5) The Quran Board
shall perform such other functions as may be prescribed.
5. Publishing of the
(1) A publisher may print the Holy Quran in off-set, photostat, photo-block
or any other modern system of printing but he shall not print it in litho
(2) In printing the
Holy Quran, a publisher shall not use paper prohibited by the Government.
(3) The publisher
shall get his specimen copy and every recording company shall get its
specimen record of the Holy Quran compared with the text of the standard
copy by a person holding a diploma from a religious institution or a
certificate of Moulvi Fazil or a qualified Qari
who is also a Hafiz or a person trained in the job of proof reading in
Arabic and have a certificate recorded by such a person at the end to the
effect that the text and references do not contain any error.
(4) The publisher
(a) that the
serial number of every chapter (Surah) is printed on every page and the
serial number of every Ayah is inserted within the small round circle of
(b) that the
cover page of every edition of the Holy Quran clearly bears the name of the
publisher, the name of printing press, and the year of publication;
(c) that every
page of the Holy Quran bears the indication given in the Schedule; and
detection of any error or omission in the printed Holy Quran, the leaf on
which it occurs is replaced by a fresh leaf free from such error or
omission, in each such copy.
(5) The publisher
shall not be penalized for non compliance with the provisions of clauses (a)
and (c) of sub-section (4) unless he is found negligent in the performance
of his duty.
(6) No translation
of the Holy Quran shall be published or recorded without its Arabic text.
(7) No record of the
Holy Quran which injures its sanctity, in any form, shall be prepared.
6. Literal distortion
of the text of ayah.– Where, in a copy or
record of the Holy Quran or in any extract thereof published in a text-book,
a prayer book, a religious treatise or otherwise, any Ayah has been
literally distorted, either by change of a word, or of sequence, or of
Ea’rab, as to alter its meaning, the printer or
publisher thereof, or, as the case may be, the recording company, whether or
not registered under this Act shall, unless he or it proves that such
distortion occurred only owing to a printing or mechanical error, be liable
to the punishment provided for in section 9.
Translation or interpretation of the Holy Quran contrary to belief of
in a copy or record of the Holy Quran, or in any extract thereof published
in a text book, a prayer book, a religious treatise or any other book, an
Ayah is translated, interpreted or commented upon,
disseminated, uploaded, shared, produced, reproduced,
converted into portable document through any information system or
electronic device into cyberspace by any
person contrary to the belief of Muslims, the author, the printer or
publisher, or the person who prepared the record, downloader,
creator, possessor, modifier, disseminator whatsoever,
whether or not registered under this Act, shall, unless he proves that such
translation, interpretation, commentary, dissemination, uploading, sharing,
production, reproduction or conversion occurred only owing to a printing or
mechanical error, be liable to punishment provided for in section 9.]
8. Disposal of damaged
or shaheed copies.–
A publisher or a recording company shall make suitable arrangements in the
prescribed manner for disposal of a damaged or shaheed copy of the Holy
Quran and shall comply with the directions of the Government issued for
proper disposal of a damaged or shaheed copy of the Holy Quran.
(1) A printer, publisher or a proprietor of a recording company who
contravenes any provision of this Act or the rules made thereunder, or a
person in whose voice a record is prepared, or a person who has certified
under sub-section (3) of section 5, a specimen copy or record of the Holy
Quran which is not in conformity with the provisions of this Act,
be punished with imprisonment which may extend to seven years but which
shall not be less than three years or with fine which shall not be less than
one hundred thousand rupees, or with both].
Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 7 with the intent to use the
same in derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose, shall be punished
with imprisonment for life.]
(2) The Government
may cancel the registration under section 3 of a publisher who or a
recording company which is convicted of an offence under sub-section (1)
10. Offences by
If the person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) of section 9 is a
company or other body corporate, every proprietor, director, manager,
secretary or other officer of the company or body corporate shall, unless he
proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he
exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of the offence, be
deemed to be guilty of such offence.
Cognizance of offences.–
All offences punishable under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
10B. Trial of
provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 (V of 1898) and the
Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 (PO No. 10 of
1984) shall mutatis mutandis apply for the purpose of
trial of the offences under this Act.]
11. Power to make
(1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules
for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) In particular
and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules
may provide for–
constitution and functions of the Quran Board;
inspection of the copies and records of the Holy Quran printed or prepared
before the commencement of this Act;
prohibition of the sale of copies and records of the Holy Quran containing
checking of all such copies and records of the Holy Quran as have not been
certified under this Act as free from errors, at the expense of the
publisher or recording company;
seizure of such copies or records of the Holy Quran in which there are
errors which cannot, in the opinion of the prescribed authority, easily be
corrected in print or record; and
disposal of a damaged or shaheed copy of the Holy Quran.
(1) The Publication of Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and Recording
Errors) Act 1973 (LIV of 1973), in its application to the Province of the
Punjab, is hereby repealed.
the repeal of the Publication of Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and
Recording Errors) Act 1973 (LIV of 1973), anything done or action taken
under the repealed Act, shall have effect as if the thing was done or the
action was taken under this Act.
[see section 5 (4)
Upper Side of
Serial Number of
with caption as,
Serial Number of
Paara with opening words as,
Lower Side of
Number of Surah with Serial Number of
concluding Ayah on the page as,
Number of Surah with opening Ayah on the