Six visually impaired graduate from Quran School
The Muslim Association of Visually impaired of Nigeria (MAVIN), has graduated its first set of students of Quranic recitation. At its maiden Walimatul Qur’an graduation, the ceremony had the six graduands recite different chapters of the Holy Qur’an using braille.
The group solicited for scholarship, learning centre, empowerment and Braille Qur’an.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Chairman MAVIN Lagos chapter, Qusim Abdulgani requested assistance for visually impaired persons to have access to religious education.
“ MAVIN is an organisation for visually impaired people and the only thing that makes you a member is if you are blind. This is the first time the group is doing walimatul Quran, the first in the whole of Lagos State. Our Quran is different from the normal Quran people read. Due to our challenges we use a special Quran known as Braille Quran.”
He noted that the group has numerous challenges and with the help of meaningful Nigerians it will be addressed.
“Reciting and familiarisation with al-Qur’an is very much insisted on the Muslim Ummah, whether they are typical or disabled. As we are not exempted by Allah (SWT) to seek for knowledge, it is incumbent on us to seek for knowledge. We need a centre where we can converge to seek for religious knowledge, scholarships and empowerments for our members and Braille Quran is what will help us.”
The patron, Sheikh Abdurahman Adangba, said based on innovative research and current technological advances, it is now possible to provide opportunities for the visually impaired to read the Holy Quran through Electronic Braille al-Quran.
“ The Quran was first introduced in Malaysia, which gave the visually impaired access to the words of Allah (SWT). Providing Braille Quran for visually challenged people is essential. Bailer Al-Quran is expensive only few visually impaired people can afford it.”
The father of the day, Alhaji Ismaheel Musa, solicited for help and funds for challenged persons and urged Nigeria Muslims to come to their aid.
“ As we all can see, the Braille Quran is more expensive than the normal Quran. A complete volume of Brailler Qur’an costs N4, 000. Due to it being voluminous it comes in four pieces, each piece cost N10, 000 each. I want each and every one who can afford the Quran to buy it and donate as Sadaqah Jairiyah.”
The guest speaker, Chief Imam Lagos State House of Assembly, Abdul Hakeem AbdulLateef, while delivering a lecture said that, Allah (SWT) said the single reason why Allah (SWT) created humans is to worship Him, and by doing that He designed several ways of testing humans.
“ Life is about trials, everything is trial whether you like it or not. Life oscillates between thanks, gratitude and patience. Whenever you are denied it is not because Allah does not have the competence to give you, he deliberately denied you to test you whether you will show gratitude for what he has given you.”
He urged Muslims to seek the knowledge of the Holy Quran.
“ The Qur’an is the manual, Muhammad (SAW) is the model, so by all means try your best to understand the Holy Quran. People who are visual impaired are ahead of many Muslims who can see, they never take the advantage of their eyes despite that thousand of copies of the Quran are available in Mosques, they refuse to learn.
“ Today, visually impaired persons are struggling to get a Braille Qur’an, which cost N40, 000 per one. You will see them sharing among themselves, if they can go to this extent of reading with their hands because Allah denied them the ability to see what is the problem of those who can see but fail to take advantage of it.
Most problems we face in this world are on account of wrong interpretation of events. If you have money, it is not a favour, it is a trial, if you do not have it is not misery, you are not expected to be miserable. You came with nothing, you will go with nothing.
“ You will find out that the problem we have in Nigeria is as a result of flagrantly disregarding the injunctions of Allah. Allah says whoever is saved from his own greed, is successful. Learning the Holy Quran, teaches charity, generosity,.
“Nigerians pray very well but they failed to fulfill the conditions of the acceptance of prayers. Nigerians do not obey Allah but they want Allah to answer them. Nigeria must stop greed; they must stop bribery and corruption, treachery, mischief. The Holy Quran forbids such acts.”