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Blind Saudi scout guides pilgrims

Jaman Al-Zahrani, who is a teacher at Al-Noor Institute in Riyadh, works as a liaison and communications officer

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For the second year in a row, a blind scout is serving the pilgrims in his own unique way by participating in the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association (SASA), Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday.

Jaman Al-Zahrani, who is a teacher at Al-Noor Institute in Riyadh, works as a liaison and communications officer.

He stays in contact over wireless communications with 54 scout leaders, memorizes the codes of 30 tasks, receives and sends over 100 messages a day.

“I love my work and the noble services I provide to others. I feel great satisfaction when I help the pilgrims who are the guests of Allah,” said Al-Zahrani.

Dr. Salih Al-Harbi, leader of civil service camps, said Al-Zahrani has impressed everyone, including his colleagues, with magnificent skills and strong memory. The SASA dedicates a lot of attention to the physically challenged and tries to give them more chances to participate and be active members in society, Dr. Al-Harbi said.

Al-Zahrani has set an example of the persevering, patient, and honest scout who has proved that sky is the limit for what one can and will do. The fact that he has come all the way down from Riyadh to help and join the camps speaks volumes of his determination and belief in the importance of scout work.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 4, 2014.