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The UK-based organisation, Islamic Texts for the Blind (Kitaba) and their Scandinavian partners Dirasa have organised a few Umrah trips for the blind and partially-sighted. The trips are organized as study trips with Islamic classes also being taught in Madinah and Makkah.


The trip uses specially designed material for the blind including tactile maps, Braille and screen reader accessible texts. Classes are conducted on Skype prior to the trip to help participants prepare for the rites of umrah and to explain what the holy cities are like.
People from Norway, Denmark and UK meet up at Istanbul airport and travel from there to Jeddah. Among the material provided is an audio version of duas to be recited whilst performing umrah, as well as their translations in English in electronic format. There is always someone on hand throughout the trip so that there was always someone to go to the mosque with and to perform extra tawafs with etc.
A guidebook on Madinah and Makkah is pro- vided in braille, audio and digital formats. Trips are arranged to historical sights and the Sheikh describes all the places. Camel rides are also arranged.
Plans are afoot to offer blind and sight-impaired Muslims a Hajj package eventually.
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