The ceremony was held at the city’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) under the patronage of the country’s President Maithripala Sirisena, adaderana.lk website reported.
The translation is aimed at helping people to understand the history of Islam, as well as to understand the culture and religious background of Muslims.
The work was carried out by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), using the guidance of Islamic scholars.
The first copy of the Quran translated into Sinhala was presented to President Sirisena by the Chairman of ACJU Ash-Sheikh M. I. M. Rizwe Mufthi.
The event was attended by many figures, including Islamic clerics, former Minister Attorney-at-Law Imthijas Bakeer Markar, President’s Counsel Fais Mustafa, the Secretary of the ACJU M. M. A. Mubarak and ACJU members.
Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea.
The country 's population practices a variety of religions. As of the 2011 census 70.2% of Sri Lankans were Theravada Buddhists, 12.6% were Hindus, 9.7% were Muslims (mainly Sunni) and 7.4% Christians (6.1% Roman Catholic and 1.3% other Christian).
Sinhala, also known as Sinhalese, is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million.