Saudi Gazette – A Saudi couple has been praised for their efforts to teach a group of deaf youth how to recite and memorize the Quran, Al-Watan daily reported.

Sultan Al-Hamoud is a teacher of Qur’an recitation and memorization in Al-Ras Governorate. With the collaboration and support of the Qur’an Recitation Charity, Al-Hamoud and his wife volunteered to teach a total of 20 deaf young men and women how to recite the Qur’an with the correct intonation.

“I am an instructor of special education with a specialization in teaching the deaf. I realized that most of them are not able to pronounce the texts of the Qur’an clearly because they have never heard it,” said Al-Hamoud.
He added his heart was broken once he realized that these students have never heard the serenity of the Qur’an and are unable to enjoy it the way most people do.

“So I had the idea, two years ago, to start giving sessions at a local mosque to teach young deaf students how to recite and memorize the Qur’an. I want to give them at least a taste of what the Qur’an feels like when recited,” said Al-Hamoud.

He said his wife supports him and joins him in teaching young women in their weekly sessions.

“We offer two sessions a week. We teach the students recitation and pronunciation. Then we work on memorization. Our sessions are given between Maghrib and Isha prayers. I teach 15 young men and my wife teaches five young girls,” said Al-Hamoud.

He added teaching deaf students is challenging but his experience in the field has made his goal in improving their recitation achievable.

“We instruct them on what needs to be improved through sign language as we cannot demonstrate it orally. The deaf are more conscious of the way their vocal tracts work and the way their tongues form sounds. We also ask them to write down the verses from their own memory to make sure they have memorized the verses,” said Al-Hamoud.

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