In recent years, Qur’an, the holy book for Muslims, has come under increased scrutiny due to the widespread of Islamophobia and the growing threat of terrorism by certain extremist groups. It is considered by many as a book of hatred, anti-feminism, or even a ‘manual’ for terrorists. Some even went as far as planning to burn the book that is regarded as containing ‘the words of God’ by at least one billion people worldwide.
Alhamdulillah the camp started last Saturday and we have 61 students from the School of Light and Hope this year, many of them have been coming every summer since we started in 2012, and they enjoy coming to summer camp like normal sighted students.We also have a mother and daughter , both blind, who have joined to learn and memorise the Quran together.
Last Ramadan, we launched the first Memorisation competition for all blind people in Gaza where they have to memorise Surah AlBaqarah. It was advertised over the radio, and many people, young and old, came from all over Gaza to take part. This year inshaa Allah, the competition will be to memorise Surah Aal E Imran.
Please donate so that all the students , and the competition get funded . Jazakallah khair.
Maulana Waqar Younus despite being visually impaired, travels around schools in Pakistan to teach the blind Quran
Maulana Waqar Younus despite being visually impaired, travels around schools in Pakistan to teach the blind Quran. He recently started the Braille Resource Foundation so that they can start to produce braille Qurans for Pakistan.
In the meantime , Alfitrah Foundation under our Braille Quran Initiative , has been sending him braille Qurans to meet the severe shortage.
We have 2 projects this Ramadan to help the blind :
One is the braille Quran summer camp for the students of the Light and Hope School in Gaza ( see poster in earlier post below)
The second one is the Ramadan Iftar program for the 44 students of AlBasiir School for the Blind in Somalia. It costs RM12 ( USD3) to provide a child with suhoor and iftar daily.
We would like to feature a child everyday from the school, please donate to this program via our website www.alfitrah.net stating whether you are donating for Gaza Quran camp or Somalia iftar.
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- Blind children in Gaza do not have classes to learn Quran at school
- Maulana Ubaidur Rahman Qasmi, Managing Director & Editor-in-Chief of Muallim, muslim lifestyle magazine based in India has visited IBQS
- Brother Aslam Shareef from Hyderabad, India receiving a copy of a braille Quran from Alfitrah foundation through our IBQS partner in India
- One of the roles of IBQS is to ensure that the blind everywhere in the world can get access to the Quran