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Autistic boy memorises Holy Quran

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For parents of autistic children who are guided by wrong notions, here’s news to cheer up.

Abdul Rahman bin Othman al Abri, a nine-year-old boy suffering from autism, has conquered his memory power by learning the Holy Quran.

The news that Al Abri, suffering from this genetic disorder, has proved his memory and consistency comes after a report about Abdulla al Ruqeishi, another autistic child who opened his own crafts shop in Mabella that he runs successfully, thanks to his parents and teacher, Gayathri Narasimhan.

“We are glad to honour Abdul Rahman in appreciation of the efforts made by him, his parents and teachers in memorising the holy book,” a spokesperson from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs told the Observer. His Eminence Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad al Khalili, the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate, honoured the child and his parents for this exemplary achievement at his office.

“Memorising the Holy Quran needs careful planning, perseverance and consistency, and this boy has attained a great achievement defeating autism,” His Eminence said.

There are a total of 77,797 words that form 6,236 verses of the total 114 chapters in the Holy Quran. Additionally, there are 14,870 words which are unique because they don’t repeat in any verse of the book. There are 330,709 letters or characters in the Quran which make learning the same a completely dedicated effort.

“Although the student was suffering from autism, it did not prevent him from continuing to memorise the holy book and he was able to complete its memorisation with the encouragement and care of his parents and the care of his teacher, Ruqayyah al Abriyah,” he noted.

His Eminence further advised him to follow the teachings of the holy book in his life and to set himself as a role model for other children suffering from genetic disorders in the whole world.

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