Global Deaf Muslim (GDM) is doing a special project during Ramadan in which we visit 30 Masjids in 30 days to bring awareness about Deaf Muslims in the Muslim community. GDM only needs 10 to 30 minutes to make a presentation. It can be during Iftar time, before Taraweeh, or any of the other prayer times.
Often when people learn about GDM their first response is that they have never heard about GDM or the Deaf community’s needs to understand Islam. There are several thousand Deaf Muslims in the US. Therefore, we decided that during this Ramadan, GDM would visit 30 random Masjids across the United States to spread more awareness of who Deaf Muslims are and GDM projects.
GDM not only wants to share what they are doing, about how the Ummah can help them grow as Deaf Muslims. They will talk for only 10 minutes, followed by a few minutes for questions and answers after that. This would greatly benefit the Ummah and the Deaf community. It will also benefit parents of Deaf children who may not know that such an organization exists.
GDM wants to discuss, during the presentation, their current and biggest project, translating the Qur’an into American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is the language used by persons who are hard of hearing in USA. GDM also wants to share how all Muslims can contribute positively to this project which will have an ever-lasting effect for Deaf Muslims for generations to come, Insh’Allah.
Several masjids have already responded and expressed their interests in being part of the “30 Masjids in 30 Days” during Ramadan. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org about joining the campaign and having GDM come to your Masjid. GDM will publicize your Masjid on their website and social media.
All of these are part of a larger campaign that GDM is promoting. That campaign is called: Be one of the 114. 114 is one of important numbers in Islam. How many surahs there are in the Quran? 114! That is the number of surahs GDM wants to translate into ASL. GDM is also seeking donors to sponsor the translation of 114 surahs to open Islam to all Deaf people in the world that use ASL. Hearing people are not the only group who can have an understanding of Islam; Deaf people can get revelations from Allah through the messengers including Prophet Muhammad .
To conclude this appeal for support for 30 Days 30 Masjids, GDM strives to obey the appeal from Allah who said:
“And whose words can be better than his, who calls (people) towards Allah, and performs good deeds and says: ‘I am one of those who submit to Allah!’” [41:33]
Here is the link to the campaign on our website: http://globaldeafmuslim.org/index.php/programs/30-days-30-masjids-2/