BLIND TAHFIZ ASTOUNDS CONGREGATION
Muhammad Firdaus Khairi makes it to the ‘Malaysia Book of Records’
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.
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