This article is from thestar.com.my
Friday, March 1, 2002
Teen produces Quran in Braille
ALOR SETAR: A 15-year-old blind student who has learnt the Quran by heart
has now produced a copy of it in Braille, complete with all 30 sections.
Nabil Mahathir of Taman Wira, Mergong, took a year to complete the work at
the end of last year.
Speaking at his house, Nabil said he took the initiative to produce the
Quran in Braille to enable the blind to deepen their knowledge of the holy
book. Apart from that, he considers his work as a pious service to
He began writing the Quran using the Braille machine early last year by
devoting an hour or two daily to the work. His copy is in five books with
each containing between five and six sections.
Nabils father, Mahathir Yusof, 58, said he was trying to get a patent for
his sons work and expressed the hope that the relevant bodies such as the
Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) would be able to help
expand his sons work.
In doing so, it will benefit all blind Muslims, said the pensioner who
was previously with the Royal Customs and Excise Department.
Nabil, the fifth among eight children, was born in Medina, Saudi Arabia,
while the family was on pilgrimage and lost his eyesight when he was about
seven months following a fall. His mother works with the state government.
Nabil enrolled in primary school at the age of four and stopped at Year
Five. When he was 10, he entered an Islamic religious school at Derga near
here and learnt the Quran.
After a year at the school in Derga, he was able to recite nine sections
of the Quran.
To deepen his religious studies, his father sent him to the University of
Khartoum, Sudan, where he studied for three years and returned to Malaysia
at the age of 13 armed with a Diploma in Arabic Language and Quran
Nabil is currently doing a four-year degree programme at Kolej Islam Darul
Ulum and his final year will be at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt,
where he hopes to graduate with a degree in Syariah Law. Bernama
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