Al Fitrah Foundation has been working closely with its counterparts internationally since its inception in 2014. Alhamdulillah, in the case of our brother, Ustaz Askar Shakirov, we have come a long way. As after completing the Braille course and the Kazakh primary syllabus in 2013, in Malaysia, together with his peers, they returned to Kazakhstan and started the first ever classes in Arabic Braille. From then on until now, they have taught around 100 visually impaired individuals in Kazakhstan at their centre in Almaty, in Semey, East Kazakhstan region.
So far, these students have become very well versed in terms of Arabic Braille and even memorized many parts of the Braille Al Quran and they are now training their own students, Alhamdulillah.
Every summer, Ustaz Askar who also works at the Muftyat Mosque, organizes Braille Quran courses that run for two months. Students come from different parts of Kazakhstan to attend the courses. In this year alone, they managed to organize the courses, twice, once in summer and the other in autumn. For the second course, participants came from Uzbekistan. There were 5 students and they trained for nearly 15 days in Turkistan (one of the cities in Kazakhstan).
Al Fitrah Foundation is very pleased to have been able to support Ustaz Askar by shipping 10 copies of the Braille Arabic Primers and 5 copies of Braille Al Quran Juz 30 (or Juzʼ 'Amma) to accommodate the courses in Autumn.
Insha’ Allah, we will continue to work closely with our current collaborators to help the visually impaired study the Al Quran and other individuals, communities or institutions in the future.