Free fuel for those who read the Koran

It’s the holy month of Ramadan, Jakarta petrol pumps greets the motorist with posters advertising free petrol if they read the Quran.

The state-owned Pertamina Company is hoping to encourage devout Muslims to read a chapter of the scripture. Prayer rooms have been set up at gas stations, and have seen a steady stream of visitors.

The two liters provided free of cost for one chapter of the holy book makes a good bet, it fills half-a-tank of a motorcycle. Two wheelers are the preferred and most common mode of transport in the country.

Participants are required to fill up a registration form before they proceed to the prayer room where they can pick up a copy of the Quran and read any chapter they like.

No official is deputed from the petrol station to monitor the progress of Quran reading by each participant, the session is based on “trust and honesty”.

The program organizer from Pertamina said the event is a way to promote Islam as it adds a “touch of religion” to the society in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

The promotion will run until the end of the holy month.

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