A visually impaired teacher reads the Koran at Raudlatul Makfufin in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Without Sight, There is Still Light

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 21, 2021

Jakarta. Tiada mata, tak hilang cahaya.” (‘Without sight, there is still light’).

This is the famous motto of Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang. 

After a year of a pandemic-related closure, the school finally welcomed back its students. 

On Wednesday, students spent their day practicing the regular school curriculum. They learnt about science, musical instruments, and even practiced body massage. But most importantly, they learnt how to recite the holy verses of Koran in braille — a tactile writing system for the visually impaired. 

It takes up to two years for their fingertips to be sensitive enough to distinguish the letters. And to speed up the learning process, everyone has to join a Koran recital or tadarus, everyday during ramadan. After performing the noon prayer, students would move their fingers over the dotted patterns as they recite the religious text.

But Raudlatul Makfufin does not only teach people how to read the Koran in braille. The boarding school also produces braille Koran, which they have exported to Singapore and South Africa.

Back in 1990, they received massive donations to purchase Braille embossers. The school committee then used these embossers to set up a printing press to produce braille Koran. 

Student hold each other to find a way to a class room at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students hold on to each other's shoulder as they walk to the classroom at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student reads Koran in Braille at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Raudlatul Makfufin student reads the Koran in braille. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student touch a wall to find a direction at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student tries to navigate his way at the boarding school. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students perform Dzuhur prayer together at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students perform the noon prayer in congregationat Raudlatul Makfufin in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students talk before Dzuhur prayer at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students have a chit-chat before the noon prayer starts. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Student learns how to do body massage at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Raudlatul Makfufin student learns message therapy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Student reads a message from his phone at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student reads a message on his phone. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student tries to find a door at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student tries to find the door at Raudlatul Makfufin in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student plays a piano at Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind and visually challenged in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student plays the piano at Raudlatul Makfufin in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten on April 21, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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