Masjid Al-Rahma, a new mosque in Malappuram city of Kerala will hold its Friday namaaz in sign language. A first-of-its-kind in India, this initiative is facilitated to enable those with hearing impairment to perceive and follow Friday sermons in more detail.
Inaugurated this Monday, the mosque spreads across an area of 5 acres and is capable of accommodating more than 500 people.
Along with every prayer meet held in this mosque, a corresponding sign language will be displayed on LCD screens installed on the walls here.
The mosque has facilities for the differently-abled too, such as ramps, wheelchairs and armrests in toilets for the handicapped. The Times of India quotes Musthafa Madani, chairman of Ability Foundation, a non-government organization, saying,
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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.
Madan’s NGO works for differently-abled and hearing impaired people.