All praise is to Allah (S.W.T.), the Lord of the Worlds,
and Peace and Salutations be upon our beloved Prophet Nabi Muhammad
Madrassa An Noor for the Blind Chairman Ml. Hassan
A.K. Murchie visited Jordan and Saudi Arabia between the 14 - 27 March
with the objective of teaming up with Islamic organisations (based in
these countries) that print the Holy Quran in Arabic Braille. As Braille
is very bulky (a complete Quran in Braille consists of 6 volumes and
weighs approximately 10 kg) and expensive to produce, our goal was to
obtain a soft copy of the Holy Quran to enable us to print the Quran
locally. However, there are a few challenges in this regard.
There are variations in the spelling style of the
Quran. Non-Arabic readers find it easier to read the Quran printed in
Pakistan because of the extra Iraabs or diacritical marks. Unfortunately,
Pakistan does not have the Quran in electronic format.
Organisations in Arab countries like Egypt, Algeria,
Saudi Arabia and Jordan are also printing the Holy Quran. However, this
supply is not sufficient to meet the great demand of blind readers requesting
the Quran globally.A further challenge is that there is an urgent need
for adoption of a uniform Braille code that would be compatible to the
(Rasmul Khat Al Othmani). To address this issue, meetings were held
in regard thereof.
We are grateful to Dr. Nasir Ali Al Musa, Secretary
General of the Special Education in the Ministry of Education in Saudi
Arabia, for agreeing to host the first Quranic Braille Workshop that
will be held in Saudi Arabia, Insha’Allah. In Riyadh, we had the
opportunity of meeting Dr. Abdullah Saad Al Husain , Director General
of Blind Association Charity during our visit to his association.
We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr.
Ahmad Al-Louzi, Chairman of the Friendship Association for the Blind
in Amman; President of the Asian Blind Union, for his generous contribution
of 25 sets of the Braille Holy Quran to our organisation. He also presented
us with a Shield of Friendship.
Special thanks to Sheikh Ahmad Al Samadi, Chairman
of the Organisation of Preservation of the Holy Quran in Zarqa, Jordan,
for donating to us a Braille soft copy of the Holy Quran. We also met
with the officials of the (Arabic for All) Organisation in Riyadh. This
organisation produces excellent study material catering for non-Arabic
speakers. We are collaborating with them in an effort to convert their
books into Braille.
Our deepest appreciation to Brother Yakub Vahed of
Al Imdaad South Africa for coordinating our visit and to Al Imdaad Jordan
for their assistance .
May Allah Ta’ala reward them all and accept
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