Mohammad Abul Ali Kumash, who is representing the Arab country in the 4th international Quran competition for the visually-impaired, told IQNA in an interview that blind Muslims need an interpretation of the Quran in braille that is comprehensive and detailed.
He said such a Quran exegesis would help the blind to more easily understand the meanings and concepts of the Quranic verses.
The 40-year-old who went blind at the age of 20 after an accident, referred to his Quranic activities and said he started learning the Quran by heart in 2004, a year after former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled.
At the time, he noted, Quranic institutions were beginning to emerge in the country and it was hard to find Quran master to learn the Quran.
He, thus, began memorizing the Quran by listening to Quran recitations by prominent Qaris on tapes.
Kumash finally managed to learn the entire Quran by heart and is now a Quran teacher himself.
“I am currently teaching a Quran memorization course organized by the Astan (custodianship) of Hazrat Abbas (AS) (in Karbala).”
He has attended and won ranks in a number of Quran competitions in Iraq, including the country’s national Quran contest in which he came first.
This is Kumash’s first participation in an international Quranic event. He hailed Iran for its proper organization of the competition and the importance the Islamic Republic attaches to Quranic activities, especially those for the visually-impaired.
The fourth international Quran competition for the visually-impaired, along with four other international Quranic events, are underway in Iran with the participation of Quran memorizers and reciters from 84 countries.
The closing ceremony of the contests will be held on Sunday evening.