30 trans people complete Quranic lessons in Lahore

The group was gifted copies of the Holy book in a ceremony in Johar Town

Asif Mehmood February 17, 2023
The participants say they are lucky to be part of the course and were elated on its completion. PHOTO: EXPRESS


In a historic first, a group of 30 individuals belonging to the transgender community in Lahore have completed their Quranic lessons and were gifted a copy of the Holy Quran upon the completion of their course.

The classes were initiated by Anusha Tahir Butt for a transgender welfare organisation and took a year to complete in Lahore's Johar Town, during which Quranic lessons, as well as other Islamic education, were offered.

The completion of the course was marked by a prayer ceremony, during which copies of the Holy Quran were gifted to the participants. According to Butt, one of the reasons for the transgender community's involvement in immoral activities was a distance from Islamic teachings.

As a result, he started the course, along with other classes, so that the community could benefit from the teachings.

The participants expressed their happiness and gratitude for being part of the course and were elated on its completion. They considered themselves lucky to be part of such a course and felt proud of themselves for completing it.

The initiative has been widely appreciated by people across the country, with many hailing it as a significant step towards inclusion and the empowerment of the transgender community. It is also seen as an important step towards countering the discrimination and marginalization that members of the transgender community face in Pakistan.

The completion of the Quranic course is a testament to the fact that the transgender community is an integral part of Pakistani society and has an equal right to access education and religious teachings. The success of this initiative is likely to inspire others to take similar steps to promote the rights and welfare of the transgender community in the country.


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