Al-Quran reading favourite pastime for visually-impaired youth

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JOHOR BAHRU – While today’s young generation prefers listening to music, a visually impaired young man finds the recitation of the Qur’an ‘music to his ears’ and has delved into and memorised the holy book.

Muhammad Iman Izzuddin Jamaludin, 21, from Tenom, Sabah, enjoyed listening to the recitation of the Quran on a compact disc since he was four years old and learned to use the Braille Quran in manuscript form, before switching to the Al-Quran eBraille technology created by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

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“To me, the Quran is a guideline for all mankind, that is why I chose to read and memorise it.

“I feel calm listening to the verses of the Quran (although) at first it is quite difficult to memorise from one juzuk (chapter) to another, but over time, everything was smooth sailing,” said the third of four siblings when met at the National Al Quran Recitation and Memorisation Competition (MTHQK) 2022 at the Iskandar Islamic Centre here last night.

Muhammad Iman Izzuddin, who took part in MTHQK for the first time, was among the 28 participants from all over the country who competed in the memorisation contest (10 chapters).

He has participated in various competitions and represented Sabah at the National Level Special Education Al-Quran Recitation Ceremony in 2018.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Iman Izzuddin’s father, Jamaludin Kassim, 59, said apart from listening to the recitation of the Quran using a compact disc and reading eBraille, his son had also attended ‘taranum’ (melodious recitation) classes since he was 15 years old.

“Iman studied al-Quran on his own and when there was a taranum class in Sabah, I enrolled him in when he was in Form Three and he studied with a ‘qari’ (recitor) who had represented Sabah.

“Since the age of 11, Iman has participated in competitions at school and has represented Sabah, I hope Iman succeeds in whatever his dreams are,” he said.

Muhammad Iman Izzuddin who dreams of representing Malaysia at the international level one day also hopes that people get closer to the Quran to gain blessings in this world and the hereafter.

“I want to uplift those with disabilities on the international stage, and around the world, I hope my dream comes true,” he said.

MTHQK 2022 took place for six days beginning June 12 at the Iskandar Islamic Centre featuring 110 participants from all over the country.