Kochi, May 23: Worshipping God in India takes you to different cultures and roots. Every individual who prays to God differs in the means he uses, the way he prays but ‘Faith’ remains constant universally. In a very unique way, the mosque in Malappuram in Kerala will render the sermons and speeches offered during the Friday ‘Namaaz’ in sign language for the benefit of the hearing-impaired believers.
At Masjid Al-Rahma, which was inaugurated on Monday, a sign language specialist will be on hand and sermons will be displayed on LCD screens.
Musthafa Madani, chairman of Ability Foundation, said that “even when people with other disabilities benefit from religious talks and preaching during Friday Namaz, the hearing impaired are left out. We hope this mosque would prove a blessing for them. The mosque is also fitted with ramps, arm rests in toilets, and wheelchairs meant for the differently abled.”
Hussain Madavoor, who is the chief patron of the Ability Foundation, called the move to make the mosque convenient for the differently-abled a great leap for the Muslim community and a historic event. He said that everyone, from the NGO to NRIs to the local people, had joined forces to make this happen.
The construction of the mosque began in October 2016 with an estimated investment of Rs 75 lakh. The mosque was formally inaugurated by CP Umar Sullami, President, Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, in the presence of various Muslim scholars and religious leaders from across the state.