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They Learnt to Sign… (Part 2; The Return)

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. MR

    August 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Where are the Americans! Too many Europeans!!!

  2. Musa Maguire

    August 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Americans don’t speak other languages…duh.

  3. A Nightingale

    August 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    I went to a breakout session at ISNA last year that was focused on hearing impaired Muslims. One of the… well not speakers, but I guess signers, made us reflect on the fact that most of these people have never once heard beautiful recitation of Qur’an, cannot feel powerful emotions during salaah, and week after week can not hear khutbahs, and yet… they still have imaan. Subhan’ullah!

    May Allah increase them in their imaan, and ease their burdens. And may He make it easy for us to come closer to our brothers who cannot hear.

  4. ibnkhalil

    August 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    This is getting really boring…..

  5. Smee

    August 5, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Ibnkhalil, your ignorance is amazing.

    No intitiative like this has been launched ever before and I’m on my seats edge waiting for more.
    I suggect you sit and think for 5 minutes about the severe impact any kind of sensory impairment would have on your life, and then make shukr for the blessings of Allah SWT upon you.
    Imagine if you were deaf, where would you gain BASIC knowledge of the deen from? Is it from scholars who cannot communicate with you? Is it from text that is non-sensicle to someone in your position? Is it from the people around you who persist in speaking AT you instead of learning a mode of communication which is easier for you?
    So many of our brothers and sisters are turning away from Islam because they are deaf (and yes, this is VERY common in the British Muslim community) and there is no one teaching them the fundamentals of faith, let alone anything else.
    We worry about dawah to the non-Muslims but neglet our duties to those born into this faith that are being led astray due to OUR neglect.

  6. bint Ashfaq

    August 5, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Subhan’Allah, y’nw this video is actually motivating me to learn how to sign.

    Masha’Allah, so how do i learn how to say my name?

  7. ibnkhalil

    August 5, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Are you blaming me for being ignorant? I didnt know! JazakAllah khair for throwing light on this! I am not from UK and I did not understand the message. What do you expect?

  8. Manaar

    August 5, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    When you sign your name in sign language, you finger spell it. I’m learning ASL-American Sign Language, so whenever I sign my name, it’s with the ASL alphabet. You can learn the letters from books, websites, tons of resources. If you are interested in learning ASL, I recommend aslpro.com

    To learn the alphabet for ASL, BSL, or any other sign language, get books from your local library or just search for “ASL alphabet” under Google images.

    Smee,
    you’re absolutely right. Deaf Muslims are always getting left out of dawah. That’s why it’s SO important for us as hearing Muslims to reach out to our brothers and sisters. And you can do this through groups like Global Deaf Muslim. They have a facebook group, and here’s their website. http://www.globaldeafmuslim.org/
    inshaAllah when we get enough funds, we will have our first conference in the US.

  9. H. Ahmed

    August 5, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Mashallah…. im looking forward to part 3.

    Like MR, i too am wondering where the American Muslims are at????

  10. ibnabeeomar

    August 6, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    the fiqh of whether a khutbah can be given in sign language was actually covered at ilmsummit today

  11. mkhalifa

    August 6, 2008 at 5:16 AM

    Can we look forward to a write-up on it as part of this series? ;)

  12. umA

    August 6, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    I remember attending a Muslim camp in England in the 80’s and being fascinated by the sign language interpreter who had been brought there for the benefit of a small group of deaf Muslims, they included Khurram Murad’s son who was very actively involved in da’wah. Alhamdulillah the interpreter embraced Islam later on. It’s great to see serious intiatives for deaf Muslims.

  13. MR

    August 6, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    ibnabeeomar, shaykh google and imam wikipedia are waiting for your daleel in order for them to formulate their fatwa on sign language khutbah.
    jazakAllah khair!

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