Deaf people have varied language needs and are often most excluded from mainstream access to information as many systems do not cater for visual language needs.
Deaf Muslims have often expressed their frustrations about this, in particular the inaccessibility of traditional Islamic texts.The majority of Deaf children are born into hearing families.
It is often noted that the majority of these families may learn basic levels of sign language and mainly gesture with their Deaf child/sibling.
This results in broken or gesture based communication for most families.Therefore many households do not have a complete language in place to communicate with their Deaf child/sibling and great amounts of information are lost or it is believed it is too difficult to be translated.
Often Deaf Muslims know only the little bits about Islam that their parents may have taught them and what they have seen in their environments. This does not always grant the possibilities of detailed understanding of the intricacies of Islamic faith, and therefore the understanding of Islamic practice is diminished or mislead.
Many people mistakenly assume that because deaf people cannot hear that learning Islam or teaching them Arabic is too difficult. With our team and expertise we believe this is not difficult to do and have begun work on this precise “problem”.
Deaf and hearing professionals have collaborated their skills and are developing Islamic resources. We are leading a new standard, with a detailed and informed approach by well respected learned scholars within the academic Muslim community. This is how Al-Isharah was founded.
Our mission is to support the teaching of Islam in an informed and validated approach, so as to avoid any confusion or misleading information.