The first ever Deaf friendly Hajj from the UK completed!
Alhamdulillah, after many years of waiting Al Isharah successfully completed the first Deaf friendly Hajj from the UK!
“Islam is based upon five:
1.the testifying that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is His Messenger,
2. Establishing the salah (prayer)
3. Paying the zakah
4. Fasting the month of Ramadan
5. Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah)
One of Al Isharah’s aim has always been to make the entirety of Islam accessible to the Deaf community. As this is one of the five pillars of Islam, for us this meant also having provisions that allowed the Deaf community to make a journey to the sacred sanctuary in Mecca to fulfil the mighty and blessed pilgrimage of hajj.
For a number of years, Al Isharah have endeavoured to facilitate this blessed event as one is obliged to make this journey atleast once in their life time (given they have the financial and physical ability to do so).
With the help of Allah and generous donations and fundraising campaigns we ran, Al Isharah was able to fulfil the Deaf Hajj this year.
Total amount raised for Deaf Hajj
Thanks to our generous donors who understood the call of the Deaf community the total amount raised for this campaign was £27,570.84
Our total expenditure
Total expenditure was £26,739.84
Break down of expenditure:
Hajj package for Interpreting and support staff: £23,995
Vaccinations for support staff: £145
10 Training sessions, materials to teach & interpreter hire for hajj seminars : £2420.89
Miscellaneous costs: £178.95
The remaining balance of £831 will be kept aside at restricted funds/reserve pot to be used for future Deaf Hajj or Umrah trips inshaAllah.
In preparation for the Deaf Hajj, Al Isharah delivered an extensive training package comprising of a seminar, 10 workshops over two months.
Preparation work including translating supplications and verses of the Qur’an specifically used in hajj into British Sign Language, providing a visual breakdown of what to expect, visual breakdown of everything on the hajj itinerary, historical significance of various places, explanation of religious rituals and basically explaining every single thing step by step. We also provided safety and security training and put protocols in place in case of incidents.
Our group of Deaf Hujjaj were also accompanied by atleast three medical professionals including a pharmacist and two doctors.
Our patron, Sheikh Abdul Qayum, Chief Imam of the East London Mosque was the spritiual guide for our hujjaj. He provided immense support to the Deaf Hajj project, liaising with our interpreters before and during the trip.