About

Adnan Tariq has been visually impaired from birth and was diagnosed with two ocular conditions: Degenerative Myopia and Congenital Nystagmus. He is also partially deaf and colour blind.

From the age of 2 he attended a special school for the visually impaired but at the age of 13 was made to move into a secondary mainstream school when the school was closed down. Here, he faced many challenges including the large class sizes and lack of access to large print material. However, this became a learning curve for himself, his fellow pupils and teachers and thus he soon adapted to life at the school and took part in most activities.

Alhumdulillah (Praise be to God), he has achieved many things so far, including attaining GCSEs in Maths, English, Science, Business and Communication and History. He is currently finishing his A-Levels in English Language, Sociology, and Government and Politics. Insha’Allah in September he hopes to attend University.

Adnan has always enjoyed the outdoors, especially when attending residential trips with the Outlook Trust, where he took part in such activities such as canoeing, cycling, sailing, abseiling and caving. This charity especially taught Adnan and other participants how to be independent and also that being visually impaired doesn’t mean you can’t achieve anything.

When talking about his disability, he says,

“Because I was born this way, I never really thought of it as a limitation. Admittedly, I do feel regret that I can’t do things like my friends, such as driving cars or seeing the beautiful colours of life, however it is something I have learnt to accept and cope with. I truly believe that Allah (swt) Knows Best and all fate, Good or Bad, is from Him. It has taught me to appreciate the subtle gifts from Allah (swt) such as the sense of sound and touch.

The physical eye is not as important as the spiritual eye. The spiritual eye is more sensitive, and losing my physical eye has helped me to appreciate and work on opening the spiritual eye, which in effect opens the heart. And so, I would like to thank Allah (swt) for creating me this way, for He knows what I know not.”

By working on the Kitaba project, Adnan hopes to help other visually impaired people to have access to traditional Islamic knowledge. To help them adapt and cope with their disability and to inspire them to fulfil their goals in life.

Lastly, Adnan enjoys reading literature especially fiction, non fiction and poetry. He also writes his own poetry and runs this blog.

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9 Responses to About

  1. tuttysan says:

    How cool. I love the header picture by the way! I shall book mark you.

  2. saad says:

    Jazakullah for dropping the comments on my site brothter adnan…

    appreciate it, stay up, keep doing your dawah, inshallah Allah swt reward you, your brother in islam saad ahmad rashad…

    Chill Yo Islam Yo

  3. bibomedia says:

    Have a nice day !

  4. B Majnun says:

    Salam ‘alaykum, masha Allah great blog you have! Found your site through Sis Asqfish (Siraat-e-Mustaqeem).

    Take care and may Allah fill this site with nothing but khayr and ihsan that earns His good pleasure.

    (Added you to b’roll)

  5. Rafael says:

    As salam ‘aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh!

  6. Jay says:

    Dear Adnan, Ive been following your posts on & off & stopped by to say that I always find it nice to come back. Wish you well.

    Cheers!
    http://www.journalimage.com/

  7. Sheraz says:

    As Salam o Alekum wa rehmatuallah wa barakatuhu

    Mashallah very nice articles and information

  8. Adnan says:

    Wa alaykum sallams.

    Jazak’Allah for your kind words.

  9. Alison Jarrett says:

    Greetings!

    I hope this finds you well. My name is Alison Jarrett and I am currently a post-graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, studying Global Media and Communications. I found your blog through various searches and was inspired by the peaceful content. Thank you!

    At the moment I am beginning the empirical research for my dissertation which seeks to identify motivations among young British Muslims who create and maintain their own blogs and websites. I am looking primarily at motivations originating from Islamic identity, British identity and online youth culture identity. I am interested in learning about why they keep religious blogs, what sorts of things they write about, and the kinds of responses they get from readers. ‘Motivation’ for religious online activity seems to be an area largely unexplored in British Muslim youth culture research.

    I was wondering if you or anyone you know of is between the ages of 18 and 35 and keeps a blog or website devoted to Islamic topics and ideas. Or perhaps there’s a database of young British Muslim blogs I haven’t found yet?

    I have a quick survey for the respondent to fill out, and then I hope to request interviews based on the survey responses I receive.
    I’m including my survey at the bottom of this email, in case you’re curious about the questions.
    If you’re interested in enriching my research, please let me know a better way to contact you!

    I would greatly appreciate any help or advice, and please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you want more clarification on my work. The finished report is due to be released around November, and I will happily share my research and findings.

    Best regards,
    Alison Jarrett
    MSc Global Media and Communications
    London School of economics and Political Science
    a.e.jarrett@lse.ac.uk
    (0)781-415-7749

    Survey Questions

    General Questions
    1. In which country were you born?
    2. Can you briefly describe the community you grew up in?
    3. What [or who] first inspired you to create a site?
    4. What are three main topic areas of your site and why are they so important?
    5. How much time do you commit to maintaining your blog or site?
    a. Do you think it’s too much? Not enough? Why?

    Practicing Islam

    6. Where/who are the top three sources you go to for religious guidance?
    7. What do your parents/family members think of you keeping a religious blog/site?
    8. Is there anyone you would not want to read your blog/site?
    9. What things are you careful about when writing?
    10. How has having a blog/site influenced your beliefs? Have they been strengthened? Weakened?
    11. In what ways does your blog/site represent you as a person?

    Being British

    12. Imagine a young, British non-believer visits your site. What is his/her impression of your content?
    a. What do you want him/her to think?
    13. If a non-believer misinterprets your content, what, in your opinion, is the cause of the misunderstanding?
    14. How important is it to have meaningful dialogue with people of other faiths?

    And finally, some technical questions

    15. Where did you first learn to create web pages?
    16. Would you consider yourself part of a blogging community?
    a. If so, how do you know it’s a community?
    17. How does your blog/site compare to others technically?
    18. What kind of feedback do you get on your site?
    a. Who do you get it from?
    19. Do you ever get criticisms, and if so, what does that feel like?
    20. How often do you write about other online content (i.e. articles, videos, forums)?
    a. Do other sites mention your content?
    21. How has having a blog/site changed the way you read online content?
    22. Do you think it’s a good thing that anyone can produce content?
    23. If you weren’t blogging, what would you spend the extra time on?
    24. And one last question: What has surprised you most about having a blog/site?

    Thank you for your time and have a beautiful day!

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