A braille Quran in every mosque

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) is collaborating with the Ministry of Religious Affairs through the Islamic Dakwah Centre (PDI) to produce braille Quran books scheduled to be launched next year.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, BDNAB Vice President cum Executive Director Muhd Hamzi Omar said the association aims to provide at least one braille Quran in every mosque and prayer hall in the country.

“The objective of this is to remind the blind and visually impaired individuals in the country to not forget the afterlife,” he said.

“The technology that we have in the world today has enabled pictures and texts to be embossed into braille so why not Jawi? Especially for the blind and visually impaired individuals who wish to read Al-Quran,” Muhd Hamzi said.

He added that currently, none of the braille translations of the Quranic verses have been printed, however, the association aims to completely translate all 30 _juzuk _of the Quran in the next six to nine months.

“The braille translations are still within the braille translation software within our computers because we’re trying to take careful measures in doing this (so) we have our members performing tasmik, reading the braille translation (of the Quranic verses) aloud to be assessed by officers from the PDI,” he said.

This procedure is important because it allows the PDI to ensure that the braille coding or translation of the Quranic verses are accurate in terms of pronunciation, he said.

Muhd Hamzi went on to say that in the future, the BDNAB is looking to produce textbooks for religious schools, adding that currently the association is working with the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education to produce braille textbooks for Primary 1-6.

The primary school textbooks are also scheduled to be launched next year.

“We will be publishing textbooks on the core subjects taught in primary schools (however) we would need help in terms of funding by the public as the materials such as the paper being used is expensive and must be ordered from outside the country,” he said.

The vice president said the association has to make sure to use good quality paper so that the braille coding of the textbooks do not deteriorate or get flattened easily over time.

“We need as much help as we can get because at the end of the day these books will further strengthen the quality of education for the blind and the visually impaired individuals in the country,” he added.

The Brunei Times