For students of the NAB P & N Merwanji Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind in Mount Abu,a resource in spirituality has come in the unlikeliest of ways. Those wanting to study religious texts have found a donor in Pakistan-based Dr Awan Haroon who has given 10 copies of the Quran in Braille to the institute.
Along with distributing the Quran to mark Louis Brailles bicentennial birth anniversary on Sunday,the institute also distributed 30 copies of the Bhagwad Gita in Braille as well as several CDs with CD players of both the holy texts to visually-impaired children from around the country.
On Sunday,the centre concluded a fortnight-long mela for the visually impaired. Usually,we hold programmes for the children here,but this year,we wanted to do more. Those students interested in pursuing spirituality will be able to do so from now on, the centres secretary Arun Sharma said.
According to Sharma,Sunday was the culmination of a process that began two years ago,when Sanu Khan,a student and budding musician,abruptly left the centre to go to Ajmer to learn more about the Quran.
We began thinking then that something must be done for visually-impaired students who want to know more about their faith, Sharma said.
We already have a copy of the Bible in Braille and getting the Bhagwad Gita was not a problem. But we could not find a copy of the Quran in Braille. Last year,we decided to print the Quran in Braille and even managed a special printer. However,the required software to convert text to Braille was not available, said Sharma. He added that it was then that Dr Haroon from Sightsavers,a Pakistan-based organisation,came to their rescue through one Dr Bhusan Punyani in Ahmedabad and agreed to donate 10 copies of the Quran in Braille.
On Sunday,the institute donated one copy of the Braille Quran to Rehman Ansari,secretary,Service Association for the Blind in Gandhinagar,Gujarat.
The Braille Quran is in Arabic with translations in urdu,which means only one skilled in both the languages can read it. For now,we have kept nine copies in Mount Abu for public use and will donate most of them in the near future to those who can read it, Sharma said.
Commemorating Louis Brailles birth bicentennial,the institute also donated 55 CDs of the Quran and 25 CDs of the Bhagwad Gita with CD players to students. Sharma said,These are audio books of the holy texts made specially for visually-impaired people.