Jul 26, 2012

Be grateful to Allah that you can hear recitation of the Qur'an

By Umm Husam


At first when I received this title I wasn’t sure what to write. I guess like many I take this sense for granted. I know there are people who can’t hear but sometimes we just don’t think outside of our comfort zone.

A few years back I got the privilege of being invited to a deaf muslim iftar dinner at Gallaudet University. What a life changing experience! I walked into a room full of people, over 50. It was completely silent. People were having a great time eating, socializing and watching the speeches. It was the first time I realized how hard it is to communicate without speaking. I had a paper and a pen with me; which was the only way I knew how to communicate. Talking to my new found muslim friends, I was amazed at the achievements.

Important issues that were brought up at this iftar; that we as hearing members of society don’t always pay attention to the needs of our non-hearing members. They talked about the need for a translator during jummah so they also could benefit from the jummah khutba, an ASL(American Sign Language) translated Qu’ran, and things like having subtitles on independent muslim movies so they can also enjoy them.

This brings me to the topic I was asked to write about; being grateful for hearing the Qu’ran. Alhamidullah for everything we are given. We will be tested in this life and we must remember that Allah doesn’t test us more than we can handle. I invite you , this Ramadan , to learn more about the deaf muslims by going to http://www.globaldeafmuslim.org/. If there is a deaf muslim in your community please reach out. Ramadan Mubarak.

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