New Guidebook Launched in Indonesia to Help Visually-Impaired Read Braille Quran

9:10 - April 02, 2024
News ID: 3487765
IQNA – A guidebook for reading Braille copies of the Holy Quran has been launched in Indonesia.

New Guidebook launched in Indonesia to help in reading Braille Quran


The Southeast Asian country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs launched the guidebook, named "Iqro'na,", intended for people with visual disabilities to make it easier for them to understand or learn it.

"This is a learning model for those with special needs in the field of vision, so that they can easily learn the Quran from the Quran written in Braille," Secretary General of the ministry M. Ali Ramdhani stated in Jakarta, Monday, April 01, 2024.

The launch of this Braille Quran reading guide coincides with the Ramadan Show with the theme "Quran For All" held at the office of the ministry in Jakarta on April 1-3, 2024.

Ramdhani highlighted that the ministry is keen to ensure that the Quran is accessible to all parties, without exception. This indicates that the ministry is an agency that provides inclusive services to the people.

According to the secretary general, the ministry had presented the Braille Quran and its guidebook not only for Indonesian Muslims but also for the Muslim community worldwide.

"Because sign language and braille are reading methods that apply internationally," he remarked.

Head of Research, Development, Education, and Training of the ministry, Amien Suyitno, stated that the Braille Quran has been printed and distributed for a long time but not many people know how to read it.

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Hence, it is hoped that the launch of the Braille Quran guidebook would provide wider access and reduce the illiteracy rate of the Quran in Indonesia.

"We already have two models, there is a hard copy model, and then a soft copy model on Android. We can see both later in the Pusaka (app)," he stated.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Religious Affairs, Endowments, and Dawah plan to reprint copies of the Quran in sign language.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Jakarta announced the plan at the launch of Iqro'na.

"This step will help provide copies of the Quran in sign language more widely to people with special needs throughout the world," Amien Suyitno, an official at the Indonesian religious ministry, said.

The copies of the Quran in sign language were first printed by Lajnah Penastihan Mushaf Al-Quran under the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The mass reprinting will be carried out by Majma Malik Fahd Li Thibaah Mushaf Syarif, the printing agency under the Saudi religious ministry.

"This is the commitment of the ministry to provide inclusive and equitable services for all people, in accordance with the government's vision of building a more just and equal society," Suyitno said.


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