Assalamu-Alaykum and welcome to Kitaba’s Services pages. Here you will find all the services we offer, plus a few from third parties which may be of use in buying equipment, or getting further advice about visual impairment. If you have any suggestions as to how our services can be improved, or recommendations of any third party services that may be of help to visually impaired Muslims, please contact us to let us know. Our list of services include:
Teaching Qur’anic Arabic Braille
We have a number of Qur’anic Arabic Braille teachers around the country, who will be happy to teach you. Please be aware that you need to be able to read Qur’anic Arabic Braille in order to access a Braille Qur’an. For more information about the different types of Braille please read our Q&A.
You will first need to purchase a Qur’anic Arabic Braille primer which costs £15. We can procure this for you. Using this primer, our teachers from around the country will be happy to teach you, either remotely via Skype, or face to face. We recommend that you discuss tutoring fees with your teachers.
If you would like to be put in contact with a teacher, please contact us, selecting Learning Qur’anic Arabic Braille as the nature of your enquiry. We need to know where you live, how many people need to be taught, and the medium by which you want to be taught – via Skype or face to face. If you would like us to procure a primer for you, please also let us know. We will put you in touch with an appropriate teacher with whom you can make further arrangements.
Consultation and Adaptation
We are happy to come and talk to mosques, schools or other institutions about visual impairment, and adapting teaching materials and services to include visually impaired brothers and sisters in Islamic classes. This includes teaching people how to guide, and steps that can be taken to make buildings and courses more accessible. We can also give advice and guidance on services available for brothers or sisters who are losing their sight and as a result, need rehabilitation support.
If you would like to utilise this service, please contact us, selecting ‘consultation’ as your subject category.
One of the Kitaba team will get in touch to discuss your needs and the best way forward. Please be aware that visits will most likely be made on weekends as the team aren’t available on weekdays. A fee will not be charged for this, though you may be asked to cover travel expenses if the Kitaba member is travelling some distance.
We can also give advice and support over the phone if this is easier for you. Please let us know what you’d prefer when contacting us.
We are happy to give talks on visual impairment, different eye conditions,and what is available to help visually impaired brothers and sisters in terms of access needs and daily living. Talks can be pitched to different audiences depending on age, and what you would like to get out of it, and can be as formal or informal as you like.
No fee will be charged for this service, but again, visits will most likely be made at weekends as Kitaba members aren’t available during the week. If we have to travel some distance, you may be asked to assist with travel expenses.
To utilise this service, please choose ‘Raising Awareness’ when contacting us. One of the team will get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Assisted Umra Pilgrimage
Each year, Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed and a group of Muslims from Norway, Denmark and the UK, get together to undertake the Umra pilgrimage. This has been adapted so that visually impaired brothers and sisters can take part in both the pilgrimage and associated excursions, plus benefit from all the classroom teaching given by Shaykh Abdul Aziz.
We welcome applications from all UK citizens with a visual impairment, but in the case of sisters, you need to bring a legal chaperone with you. At this time, we cannot cater for people who have multiple disabilities. Visually impaired people who would like to apply, need to have some level of independence regarding personal care. We will arrange for visually impaired participants to be guided throughout, and for all materials to be available in large print or braille.
You are advised to apply well before the specified closing dates so that your needs can all be catered for.
The Umra pilgrimage for 2013 is due to take place in April. Details about this will be posted on our updates page as soon as they have been finalised.
Third Party Services
Please be aware that Kitaba is not affiliated with any of these companies. They have been put on this site for your information and aid. If you have any suggestions as to other organisations that provide help to visually impaired people, please let us know.
The RNIB is the largest charity helping visually impaired people in the UK. They sell a variety of products including white canes, audible kitchen equipment, Braille and talking watches and clocks. They also provide support services for those who are losing their sight. The RNIB run the UK’s Talking Book service, which has a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of languages in daisy formats.
This company provides a range of audible products including talking watches and clocks, kitchen equipment and personal care items at reasonable prices. Some of these are available in different languages.
Sight and Sound Technology
This company is the UK distributor for the main screen readers; Jaws and Window-Eyes. They also sell a range of accessible computer equipment such as Braille displays, note-takers and scanners, and can give advice on computer accessibility in the workplace and in educational settings.