Largest Quran Teaching Center in Senegal

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Summary The Dar-ol-Quran of Koki in Louga, northwestern Senegal, is the largest Quran teaching center in the country.

According to the website, more than 3500 Quran memorizers and 450 students are learning the Quran and religious sciences at the center.

Abbas Motaqedi, head of the Al-Mustafa International University’s branch in Senegal, says the Dar-ol-Quran of Koki was launched in 1939 by Sheikh Ahmed al-Saqir with the aim of teaching the Quran and Islamic sciences.

He says the center has developed its activities since 1971 with the support of the benevolent people of the region.

Earlier this month, Motaqedi and Iranian Cultural Attaché in Senegal Seyed Hassan Esmati paid a visit to the Dar-ol-Quran center in Louga, which is 200 km north of Dakar, the capital.

During the visit, Esmati met with director of the center Sheikh Mukhtar Nar Luh and discussed ways for joint cooperation and development of cultural and Quranic ties.

Islam is the predominant religion in Senegal, a country in West Africa with a population of around 14.5 million. 92 percent of its population is estimated to be Muslim.