Sunday 19 April 2009

Khutbah for Deaf Muslims

We often goto mosque on Friday for the prayers but how often do we pay attention to our brothers and sisters who dont understand the sermon. Here in UK, we have Muslims from all over the world but the Khutbah is sometimes held in Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali. Mosques dont pay attention to the people who cannot understand them.

In a situation like this, Al Isharah has taken a brave initiative in partnership with the East London Mosque in Whitechapel to host a Friday prayer sermon which will be translated into British Sign Language. The group hopes it will become a regular event.

Al Isharah has been working with deaf Muslims for a while now, offering Qur'anic and religious classes for deaf children for the past 18 months.

It will be the first time that the Khutbah will be translated into sign language for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Mosques are often told that they need to do more to be inclusive - particularly when it comes to providing services and facilities for female worshippers. It's nice to see East London Mosque going a step further.

May Allah grant them success.

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