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2021 Annual Jalsa | Principals Report

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Principals Report Friday, 03 December 2021/ 27 Rabi Al-Akhar 1443

All Praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and Peace and Salutations be upon our Beloved Prophet Nabi Muhammad (SAW).

Respected Ulama Kiraam, Brothers, Sisters and Children.

As Salaam u Alaikum Warahma tu Allah i Wabaraka tuh

Ahlan Wa Sahlan Wa Marhaban. Welcome to our Jalsa .

Due to the present abnormal circumstances of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions this year 2021, we now conduct our Jalsa virtually.

We miss not inviting all our brothers and sisters for lunch as we did in our previous Jalsas.We hope you will understand these complex circumstances.

Alhamdu lil Allah, this year, Mukthar Ba (Senegal) and Mohamed Mukhtar (Somalia) are graduating as Haafiz-ul-Qur'an.

Alhamdu lil Allah, we have approximately fifty students studying at Madrassa An-Noor and they come from twenty countries and all of them board and lodge at the Madrassa. We also have a few day scholars.

Due to the lockdown, we have been providing online classes to learn the Qur'an.

Our ex graduates are working in their respective countries among the blind and sighted under the supervision and support of Madrassa An Noor for the blind (South Africa) Among them Shaikh Ahmed from Somalia has 8 students. 3 studying the Aalim course and 5 studying in the Hifz class.

Hafez Juma Aufi from Malawi has 10 students studying Hifz and elementary Islamic students. 7 of them are reverts to Islam.

Ml Muhammad Islah from Thailand has 6 teachers and 24 students. 10 students Studying the Aalim course. 5 students studying elementary Islamic Studies and 9 students are becoming Huffaz.

A group of five sighted Muallimas are currently studying Braille online. They are being taught by our ex-student Muallima Razia Ismail.

Anyone wishing to join our online classes are welcome.

Our Ustad Moulana Danyaal Sharief is responsible for overseeing of the Arabic literary department. Our fifth year is currently completing (Ijraa) of the Qur'an where they will be implementing the seven different Qiraa'aat modes in their recitation under the tutelage of their Ustaad, Moulana Moosa Suleman. The fourth-year students have also completed the 'Shaatbiya'

We also have a weekly Anjuman or program wherein students are divided into groups and present a complete program consisting of Qira'at, Bayaans, Nazams and Poetry. Teachers are present to assess and mentor the students. These programs equip the students with the necessary skills and experience required for public speaking and Da'wah.

Throughout the year we consistently hold numerous programs and competitions such as our Annual Qiraat, Bayan and Arabic Literary Jalsas. Our students look forward to these opportunities to display their talents while competing with each other. Each Jalsa is adjudicated by external Ulama and Qurra. We also conduct Arabic and English Braille, Qur'an Diction, English Spelling Bee, Mathematics and Computer Olympiads during the year. Participants are judged and prizes are awarded to the winners.

With regards to Life skills, Orientation Mobility, we have conducted 8 virtual Zoom training sessions with brother Bashir Ebrahim of Vision Australia. The K-12 International Orientation and Mobility curriculum which entails laterality, balance, trailing, navigation, body protection etc has been covered.

We also teach computer literacy according to the different levels of our students. They are taught to use screen narration programs in English and Arabic.

We have exported full shipping containers of the Braille Qur'an and Hadith books to various Countries. Our aim is that every blind person should have a Braille Qur'an and every Masjid in the world should have a copy available, Insha'Allah. We are currently producing Qur'ans for Thailand, Insha'Allah.

Alhamdu lil Allah, after constructing the multi-purpose hall we are almost finished with the building of our education and administration block.

Presently we are excavating and filling to make the platform for our Masjid. Once the land settles, we will start construction of the Masjid, Insha'Allah.

Building of our new Braille Press is also taking place. This will accommodate the high stacking required for storage and for dispatch, Insha'Allah.

Alhamdulillah, our Maktab program is one of our major focus areas for our outreach efforts. This year we also conducting Maktabs in Albania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Malawi and now Kenya. We will be hosting a teach the teachers Qur'aanic Braille Workshop for Somali teachers in February at the Madrassa.

A Maktab can be established for the blind anywhere in the world using our Blind Islamic Multimedia Program (BIMP). This program includes the Braille Qur'an and various Islamic books with human and robotic voices.

In addition to providing free Islamic audiobooks for download on our website (www.mnblind.org), we have now offer over 2000 PDF books which are available for free download.

We hosted the first International Braille Quran Webinar via Zoom on the 27th and 28th February 2021 so that we could teach visually impaired individuals sensory skills, which are vital for them to learn Braille. The Webinar also created a virtual platform where participants were free to interact.

The conference was open to our previous students, affiliates as well as the international blind community. Participants from many countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Somalia, Albania, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom as well as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh joined the virtual conference.The Webinar included an audio-visual presentation of all the branches of Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind.

Very sadly, Our Student Abdullah Illhamudeen from Benin and staff member Muhammad Ameen originally from Newcastle have passed on. May Allah grant them Jannatul Firdaus and we request your Duas on their behalf.

We also assist financially to our social challenges that include medical assistance, food, rent and housing. We also 'Match Make' suitable partners for our blind brothers and sisters around the world. This year we convened an old student's reunion at Madrassa An-Noor for our males and females. The positive feedback was very encouraging.

Respected Brothers and Sisters, Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind would not be possible without Allah's Fadhl and mercy. Your Duas, assistance and support is sought by us and appreciated. It is only Almighty Allah who can reward you. May Almighty Allah continuously bless you.

May Allah bless your Parents, Families, Teachers, Trustees, Donors, Supporters, Well-wishers and each and every one of you. We especially need to mention our appreciation to the communities of Howick, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and the whole Ummah.

Insha Allah our mission wherein every blind person in the world be guided to the Light and Noor of Islam will continue (Bi Idhnil Allah)

May Allah Ta'ala forgive us our shortcomings and accept our efforts and reward us all in this world and the Hereafter. Ameen

Hassan AK Murchie

Principal

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