200 copies of Braille Qur’an distributed

Updated 04 September 2013
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200 copies of Braille Qur’an distributed

The Ebsar Charitable Organization and Association for Visual Impairment has distributed 200 copies of Braille Qur’an in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries with the cooperation of King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah.
Mohammed Tawfiq Bellow, secretary-general of the association, said that this was the second phase of distribution of Braille Qur’an to the blind and visually-impaired. The first phase of distribution of Braille Qur’an was held toward the end of 2012.
Bellow said: “Most of the people can read Qur’an from Braille, but they don’t have copies, and 20 percent of the copies have been distributed among schools both within and outside the kingdom.”
According to a study conducted by the association, almost 27 percent of beneficiaries of the current phase showed that they can read and write in Braille and that of these, nearly 60 percent are excellent and professional, while another 25 percent are considered weak.
Bellow said that the majority of visually-impaired individuals need copies of Braille Qur’an. However, only a small number of Braille Qur’an copies are published and need to be organized for their distribution.
He said that printing technology should include other mechanisms such as methods of printing, braille handwriting, provisions of intonation and diacritical marks and installation, without which reading properly becomes a difficulty.
He also said that Esbar will continue with the distribution of Braille Qur’an, as they are reference for many associations for the visually impaired in the Arab and Islamic world.
The copy of Braille Qur’an has six volumes. Each folder contains 991 pages and is divided into five parts.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons after defeat ends World Cup dream

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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons after defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered on Wednesday after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means the team cannot qualify for the knockout round.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.