What is a Khutbah? Fridays (also known as Jummah) are recognised as a holy day for Muslims. Every Friday a special prayer is held during midday and before the special prayer a talk/sermon is delivered on a topic relevant to the community, and is known in Arabic as the Khutbah. The Khutbah gives advice to the community within an Islamic context.
Traditionally these have been delivered in Arabic, however in recent years the Khutbah have been given in local languages aswell. We have seen that deaf Muslims often feel left out from the Friday prayer services as there are no sign language provisions available.
We have recognised the need of the Deaf community to understand the Khutbah and are supporting the translation of the Khutbah with British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. Al-Isharah has successfully collaborated with the London Muslim Centre towards supporting the provision of (BSL) interpreters in the mosque for the Friday prayer service. We aim that the model used here will be easily replicable in other Mosques who also wish to set up such a service up for their local Deaf community.