Although unclear, his voice is confident when answering questions about Qur’anic verses. He may not be able to read Arabic, but he can recite the Qur’an.
The extraordinary little guy is Fajar Abdurokhim Wahyudiono, 10. What makes him so special was that he has memorised the entire Qur’an, despite the difficulties he faces. His ambition is simple and noble: to become an imam of Masjid al-Haram, Mecca.
Fajar suffers from spastic cerebral palsy (CP), a condition where brain function and nervous system controlling movement, learning, hearing, vision and thinking abilities.
“Fajar loves the challenge of completing or looking for a specific verse. Not so much with reciting,” said his mother Heny Sulistiowati, 35, at their house in Karanganyar, Central Java.
His ability to memorise the Qur’an was in part thanks to Heny and husband, Joko Wahyudiono, who believe that the Qur’an is the cure for all ailments. When their son was born prematurely on October 2, 2003, they regularly played him recordings of the Qur’an.