The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Maldives, Bader Ali Alkahail, on Sunday presented a gift of appreciation to a student of Imaduddin School, an autistic boy who has memorised the Islamic holy book of Quran.
The award was presented to Nabeeh Ahmed by Deputy Ambassador Muthrik Abdullah Al-Dhausry at a special ceremony held in the embassy. The gifts included USD 1000, a golden copy of the Holy Quran and a miniature of the Kaaba.
Speaking after the ceremony, Deputy Ambassador Al-Dhausry vowed Saudi Arabia’s continued assistance and aid for students that wish to learn the Arabic language.
Nabeeh, 14, memorised the Quran in just three months. His mother, Aminath Mohamed, told Mihaaru that the Quran has been Nabeeh’s “closest friend” even from a young age and that making Nabeeh a “Hafiz” (memoriser of the Quran) was a dream of the family.
“We’ve achieved that with God’s will. Then we want to make him an Imam,” she told Mihaaru, referring to the leader of prayer congregations. “That can be achieved too, God willing.”
Meanwhile, the Islamic University of Maldives (IUM) has decided to offer an all expenses covered scholarship for Nabeeh to pursue higher studies in Quran.
The Saudi Ambassador had also presented similar gifts to a student of Arabiyya School last month in appreciation for his fluency in Arabic.