2004 News Story

Qur’an available in Braille as pilgrims flock to Makkah

The Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque has announced the finalization of a project for distribution of copies of the Holy Qur'an printed in Braille. Visually impaired worshippers will now be able to read the Holy Qur'an from copies located at various points in the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The first are being placed at the King Abdulaziz and umrah gates, two of the most-used of the Grand Mosque’s 125 gates, not all of which are open for use.

Also available are thousands of copies of interpretations of the Holy Qur’an in 13 different languages including English, French, Urdu, and Turkish, in addition to over one million copies in Arabic. All of these have been produced at the King Fahd Qur'an Printing Complex in Madinah.

Meanwhile, large numbers of pilgrims have been arriving in Makkah from all over the world since the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, three weeks ago. More are expected over the coming days, to perform umrah (the minor pilgrimage) and to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, with the season expected to climax during the last week of Ramadan which ends Saturday, November 13. An estimated two million visitors or more, mostly from abroad, are expected.