A Saudi girl did not let her disability stop her from following her dreams and pursuing her passion: Recitation and chanting.
Fajr Al-Ayouni, 14, is following in the footsteps of great reciters and chanters despite her circumstance. With a dynamic presence and bright smile, Fajr graces stages across the kingdom. She started chanting when she was four years old where she also had her first concert, and became known since then.
Fajr has artistic creativity, and an ambitious story that defies circumstances. This is what goes on in listeners’ minds when they listen to the sound of Fajr. Fajr’s mother works on honoring the disabled by letting Fajr do voluntary performances in a number of festivals as she has become an example of ambition, challenge and motivation.
“My daughter is an example of motivation and perseverance that no one else has, in order to achieve her passion of reciting and chanting. When Fajr was born we found out about her condition and I accepted it with an open heart. I then discovered her love for chanting as she used to do it all the time, so I started training her and pushing her to follow her dream of becoming a presenter so she began getting on the school stage and presenting the radio broadcasts at the school,” Fajr’s mother told Al Arabiya.
In her early years, Fajr underwent rehabilitation treatments and was known in the family and school as an ambitious girl.
“My voluntary participation in the events is an outlet for me and for all people with disabilities, so their presence serves as evidence of their ability to create a quality of life that is as active and effective as the rest of the community,” Fajr said at one of the festivals.