BLIND TAHFIZ AS­TOUNDS CON­GRE­GA­TION

Muham­mad Fir­daus Khairi makes it to the ‘Malaysia Book of Records’

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MUHAM­MAD Fir­daus Khairi is not your av­er­age 28 year old. Yes, he is blind, but that is not the only thing which makes him spe­cial. As a tahfiz, Fir­daus as­tounded many when he made it to the Malaysia Book

of Records (MBOR) as one of the 500 peo­ple with visual im­pair­ment who com­pleted yes­ter­day’s mass Qu­ran recital event held by the Muaz Bin Ja­bal Mosque in Ti­ti­wangsa here.

His fin­gers were fast enough to de­tect the bumps and dots of the Braille char­ac­ters in the Qu­ran, and his pro­nun­ci­a­tion and gram­mar was sec­ond to none, earn­ing praise from ob­servers.

“It has been seven years since I mem­o­rised the Qu­ran. Learn­ing to read and mem­o­rise it did not come with­out com­pli­ca­tions.

“One of the chal­lenges faced was that the blind com­mu­nity learns the Qu­ran through the Imla’i Mushaf (a stylised ver­sion of the scrip­ture made for the blind) while teach­ers use the Uth­mani Mushaf (com­mon ver­sion of the scrip­ture’s style of writ­ing used in Malaysia).”

Fir­daus said be­fore he was able to read the Braille Qu­ran, he had to first learn the con­ven­tional Braille char­ac­ters.

“This is be­cause the con­ven­tional char­ac­ters would be com­bined with Ara­bic script, to form Braille char­ac­ters for the Qu­ran.

“With hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion, it would only take up to a month-and-a-half for a per­son to learn to read the Braille Qu­ran,” Fir­daus said, adding that he started learn­ing to read the holy book when he was 19 and mem­o­ris­ing it a year later.

Fir­daus, who works with the AlFi­trah Foun­da­tion to pub­lish the Qu­ran and re­li­gious books in Braille, said the num­ber of Braille lit­er­a­ture was low com­pared with con­ven­tional ones.

The event, or­gan­ised by non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Gerak Wanita Is­lam Malaysia, saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 3,000 peo­ple from all walks of life, in­clud­ing or­phans and uni­ver­sity stu­dents.

An MBOR se­nior re­searcher handed a cer­tifi­cate to the pro­gramme’s pa­tron, Se­ti­awangsa mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Ah­mad Fauzi Za­hari.

The prime min­is­ter’s wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, at­tended the event and joined the con­gre­ga­tion in recit­ing the Qu­ran.

PIX BY SAD­DAM YUSOFF

Visu­ally im­paired peo­ple read­ing the Qu­ran at the mass

Qu­ran recital event at Muaz Bin Ja­bal Mosque in Ti­ti­wangsa, Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day.

Muham­mad Fir­daus Khairi

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