UAE mosques Plans for Foreigners & Deaf Muslims

2013-12-16 01:36:37 | Al Muslim News
UAE mosques Plans for Foreigners & Deaf Muslims

 

Deaf and non-Arab Muslims will now be able to better understand their faith after Sharjah religious authorities announced their plans to offer Friday’s sermons in five languages, along with translating them into sign language specialy for disable persons. The department, geared up to meet needs of all segments of society, has hired and dedicated 48 mosques to give the Friday sermon in Urdu, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, and English languages,” Shaikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Chairman of The Department of Islamic Affairs in Sharjah (DIAS), told media. In cooperation with the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, the department will hire sign language experts to translate sermons for the deaf worshippers. The first such service of its kind in the country is being offered at Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal Mosque for the benefit of people with hearing problems, Al Qassimi added. The Sharjah mosques’ initiative to serve deaf Muslims is not the first. Last June, a mosque in Moscow started offering courses for hearing-impaired people to translate the holy book into sign language, fulfilling the dream of deaf Muslims to read and understand the holy Quran. Global Deaf Muslim (GDM) had also launched a campaign to translate the holy book into American Sign Language in december 2012..

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