This Kerala mosque is the first to offer Friday namaz in sign language 


In a serene spot at Pulikkal in Malappuram, Kerala stands Masjid Al-Rahma, a mosque built keeping differently abled believers—and the hearing impaired in particular—in mind.

At Masjid Al-Rahma, 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, a non-governmental charitable organisation under a leading Mujahid group, speaking to TOI said,

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.

The NGO, which houses 300 differently abled students including 200 hearing-impaired students, came up with the idea once they realised that most hearing-impaired students were skipping the prayer sessions, said Huffington Post.

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.