According to RT Arabic, Valeria Porokhova, the author of an exegetical translation of the Gracious Quran, died on Monday.
Her son Khalid Al-Roushd, author and presenter at RT Arabic, wrote a post on Facebook announcing his mother’s death.
Valeria Porokhova (1940- 2019) graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages and worked as a lecturer for 18 years. Next, she worked at the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Valeria made a translation of the Quran into Russian. The edition, published in 1995, was the first to be available in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Besides being a translator and an interpreter, Valeria (Iman) Porokhova played a prominent role in Muslims’ affairs in Russia and Central Asia.
Porokhova was born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia. She was an Orthodox Christian who embraced Islam after marrying a Syrian Muslim scholar and moving to Damascus in 1985.
Valeria Porokhova and the Quran
She said in an interview in 2011, “When I read the Quran, I felt in love with it, which made me translate it into Russian”.
She also admitted that she found a lot of difficulties, but scholars like Sheikh Ahmad Kaftaro, the former Mufti of Syria, and his son Sheikh Mahmoud Kaftaro helped her a lot thorough her work.
Sources: Iqna and RT Arabic