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.