MP: Quran in Braille to teach blind students
An opportunity to read the Quran, especially during Ramzan - its something any visually-impaired Muslim would give his, or her, eyeteeth for. HT reports.Updated: Aug 07, 2013 09:24 IST
An opportunity to read the Quran, especially during Ramzan - its something any visually-impaired Muslim would give his, or her, eyeteeth for.
Over two-dozen sightless children have gotten a god-sent opportunity to do just that, thanks to a madarsa that provides copies of the Quran in Braille to students.
The seminary, Madarsa Noor Research Institute for the Blind, currently has six Braille copies of the holy book which are used to teach the word of God to thirty visually-impaired children, both boys and girls.
It is, possibly, the first madarsa in the state that is using Braille to familiarise its alumni with the teachings of the Quran.
But then bold and novel initiatives would come naturally to the madarsa founded by Rabia Khan, a visually-challenged girl who overcame her handicap to earn a law degree.
Although the lady herself is unavailable - she's in I'tikaaf, a period of retreat where a person remains confined to the mosque or, in case of women, home, usually during the month of Ramadan - her father Nasir Khan says the Braille copies were sourced from across the globe, with great difficulty.
"We got the first from Saudi Arabia. We saw a copy of the Quran in Braille when I, along with my daughter, wife and son went there for Haj (pilgrimage) in 2010," he told HT.
Since then the madarsa has sourced five more copies from Jordan, Syria, Pakistan and South Africa, "where there's a very well-equipped institute for the visually-challenged."
He said the madarsa was initially located at Scheme No 71 but was later shifted to Islamia Karimia Society premises in Chhaoni area as "kids found it hard to travel such a long distance".
Apart from religious teaching, the madarsa also schools kids in secular education including, but not limited to, computer courses.
MLA Ashwin Joshi who attended an Iftar organised at the madarsa, run under the auspices of Kwality Education Scoiety for the Blind, a registered body under the Society Act, heaped lavish praise on Rabia Khan who, apart from being a trained lawyer, also imparts Quranic education at the madarsa.