All Praise to Allah (SWT) the Lord of the Worlds and Peace and Salutations
be upon our beloved Prophet Nabi Muhammed (S.A.W).
Alhumdullilah, Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind was invited to attend
the First All India Braille Qur’an conference that took place
on the 25th and 26th of December 2016 in Melvisharam which is situated
near the city of Chennai in India. Our principal Moulana Hassan
Murchie was invited to attend.
Over 200 blind people from all parts of India including Kashmir,
Maharashtra, U.P and Hyderabad etc attended this historical conference.
Some of the chief guests who attended this conference were Moulana
Rehmatullah of Srinagar, Moulana Mohamed Tayeb who is the Khalifa
of Moulana Hussain Ahmad Madni R.A.
The world famous Naat reciter, Moulana Ehsan Mohsin had the audience
captivated. Many young blind Naat reciters as young as 5 years old
displayed tremendous talent through their beautiful voices in their
recitation of the Holy Qur’an and Naats which left us in tears.
Moulana Muzammilludeen Nadwi who is the main Braille Qur’an
Workshop coordinator for India also addressed the gathering. Some
of the deliberations at this conference included empowering the
blind after learning the Qur’an to respective jobs so that
they can be empowered economically.
The Braille Qur’an that has been printed in India was exhibited
and sets were distributed for free to many participants. Alhumdulil
Allah, the Qur’an is now easily available in India.
May Allah (S.W.T) accept all the efforts of those that contributed
to this conference especially our hosts, Moulana Mohammed Usman
and Moulana Ebrahim of Melvisharam. Ameen.
Dawah to the Blind in the West Indies
All Praise is due to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds,
Peace and Salutations be upon our Beloved Prophet Nabi Muhammad
After reaching the small and very beautiful Island
of Barbados, which is in the Caribbean Sea, we were fortunate to
meet Afeefah, a 17 year old accompanied by her mother. She has severe
visual and speech impairments. I noticed a classic example of the
struggle disabled learners experience in their endeavor to be accepted
by mainstream society when she showed me her notebook, wherein she
had painstakingly copied her Islamic Duas and lessons in Arabic
and English print. I was astonished by her commitment, courage and
dedication and by the help offered to her by the local Alima’s
on the Island. Her question to me was if she could read the Holy
Quran in Braille, as her secular school teacher said there was no
need for it.
My response to her was, nothing ventured, nothing gained, take the
plunge and swim.
The next day, accompanied by the principal of Al-Falah
Islamic School, Moulana Ebrahim Bhana, we visited the CEO of Trinidad
and Tobago Association of the Blind and were made to understand
that there are a high number of people resident whose grandparents
originated from India. We explained to him our mission of enabling
literacy through the medium of teaching the Holy Quran in Arabic
Braille. His shocking response was thatmany Blind Muslims were now
reading the Bible, as there had been a long lapse in any religious
instruction in the Muslim community.
We also had an opportunity of addressing the students
of the Darul Uloom Trinidad Tobago in Port of Spain, as well as
the local community, and advised them of the importance of empowering
our visually disabled brothers and sisters by affording themequal
access to Islamic studies. Many people were amazed to see the Holy
Qur’an in Braille, as our set consists of six volumes and
weighs 10 kilograms. When our plane touched down in Georgetown in
Guyana, our ex- graduate Moulana Khalid Boodoo, was there to receive
us. He immediately took us to his home for a supper that was prepared
by him. The next day, we took a speed boat to visit a Madressa on
the West Coast of Guyana, Anna Regina. Guyana is known to be the
land of rivers and we witnessed vast and powerful rivers. One is
dumbstruck at the sheer might of the Amazon, the Kudrat of Allah
Ta’ala, which throws into stark contrast our insignificance.
We delivered our talk themed on teaching the Blind
and how to spread the knowledge of Islam. We were told that most
people of this country (a population of 450 000) live next to the
river and the rest of the country lives in a virgin jungle with
all types of animals and birds. Moulana Khalid took us to meet the
Head of the Blind association in Georgetown. We met Mr Ganpath,
and the computer aid specialist. He connected with Moulana Khalid
as they were childhood friends and both of them lost their sight
later on in life. Moulana Khalid accepted his invitation of contributing
on the local Wednesday talk show especially for the blind.
Our next flight was to Panama City, the capital of Panama. Here
the local language is Spanish. Uncle Rashid Bhiku was our host and
arranged for us to visit the Panama Canal where ships use the lock
system to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. If man
is determined enough,he is able to connect seas. Unfortunate, however,
is that human who does not connect with his Rabb Allah. We then
met our Madressa Noor for the Blind graduate Moulana Abdullah Patel
who is returning to South Africa to complete his Ashara Course.
Many talks were given on the importance of Deeni education and empowering
the visually impaired.
We were made aware that there are many Blind Arab
Muslims in Panama and in central South America. We had the opportunity
to visit the local Darul Uloom which is situated about an hour’s
drive away from Panama City. The local Ulama were introduced to
our institute and were given a short lesson on teaching the Blind
the Holy Qur’an in Braille. They were encouraged to assist
their fellow Blind brothers and sisters in that part of the world.
May Allah Ta’ala accept the effort of the West Indies and
may He grant all his Ridha and Jannah, Ameen
Online classes have been introduced with networking
being centrally handled by Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind in Cedara,
South Africa. Our team is now teaching the blind the Holy Quran
in Braille in the privacy and comfort of their homes thus avoiding
the need of inconvenient travel. This is a significant breakthrough
as the issues of safety and the necessary observance of Pardah for
our sisters is solved, Alhamdullilah.
Smartphone users together with their analogue (old) phone users
are catered for. We ship out hard copies to all corners of the world
our ‘Noor Ul Quran Primer’ that enables a Blind child
or adult to learn the Holy Quran in Braille in an easy to understand,
step- by-step manner.
Alhamdu lil Allah, Almighty Allah has helped the
traditional Madrassa’s of South Africa overcome a very serious
challenge. Our foreign students’ visas were being rejected
due to legislation. The Association of Traditional Islamic Institutes
(ATII) has successfully secured permission for current and new students
to study in South African Madrassa’s.
Insha Allah, many previously backlogged new students are expected
for our New Year. Our new boarding block is seventy five percent
complete and will be ready by the end of the year for our new student
arrivals, Insha Allah.
Blind computer users are now able to use ‘Refreshable
Braille’ to read the Holy Quran from our soft-copy file. A
monitor displays Braille characters by means of round-tipped rubber
pins raised through holes on a flat surface that is felt by the
However, this technology is still very expensive and can cost from
$3000 upwards. However, the simplicity, ease and cost effectiveness
of Braille paper Qurans can never be replaced and will always remain,
Mobile App for Blind Muslims
We are developing the first mobile app for Blind
Muslim. This will be practically useful for Blind persons internationally
in catering for their unique needs.
Besides the standard menu of the Holy Quran, Salaah, Masajid, Halaal
requirements etc, the fixing of the Qiblah is also a serious challenge
for a blind person. High pitched vibration sounds will allow the
Blind to determine the direction of Qiblah.
Unified Braille Quran Forum
As this will be the 30th year since our founding,
we are planning to hold an International Quran Braille Forum at
our Madrasa in early November this year, Insha Allah.
Ulema and Qur’an Braille experts will be invited locally and
from overseas for this first International Unified Braille Quran
Forum in South Africa, Insha Allah.
Through the Fadhl of Allah Ta’aala, our team
of graduates of Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind has gone on to spread
the Noor of Islam by establishing successful Madrassas all over
They will be convening again for a reunion to update us on the progresses
made and the experiences gleaned from their work. They will also
Insha Allah undergo a ‘refresher’ course after the Braille
to Non-Muslim Blind
For the first time ever, Madrassa An-Noor for the
Blind will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Literacy through
The Holy Qur’an in Braille’ at the Word Blind Union
(WBU) – (ICEVI) conference in Orlando, USA, Insha Allah.
At this secular conference, we hope to introduce our non-Muslim
friends to the Qur’anic miracle of ‘Iqra’ represented
at Madrassa An-Noor
We are now starting to build our kitchen, dining
hall block, teachers’ quarters and the Masjid thereafter,
Insha Allah. We once again appeal to you to generously contribute
your Lillah and Zakaat to our work. Your assistance in providing
light and Noor to a blind person can only be rewarded by Almighty
Contributions for our Braille Qurans are continuing
especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan. Our goal is to provide
all blind persons in every part of the world with a copy of the
Holy Quran in Braille (6 volumes = 10 kgs).The gift amount is R1500-00
us and perform Taraweeh Salaah with us
Please do visit us at Madrassa An-Noor and join
our students for Iftaar and Taraweeh Salaat.
We are just off the main Durban – Johannesburg freeway exit
96, which is between Pietermaritzburg and Howick. We also take this
opportunity of wishing you and your family Ramadan and Eid Mubarak.