Alhumdillah! What an amazing month! 

This month of Ramadan was certainly a month of blessings, mercy and generosity.

So much awareness, support and first-time-ever initiatives occurred for the Deaf Muslim Community in Sydney!

I can’t be grateful enough or fathom all that is happening !! Alhumdillah!

Here are some of the things that happened:

1)  Sydney Deaf Community Ramadan iftar (Dinner) held again for Deaf Muslims and their family and friends!

 See: https://silentsigns.net/2019/05/29/ramadan-iftar-2019/…

2) Quran in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) launched! 

See: https://www.facebook.com/QuraninAuslan

3) We were invited to community iftars!

See:https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2542267955807856?s=724429458&sfns=mo and https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2560027164031935?s=724429458&sfns=mo

4) Facebook live / video lectures with Auslan interpreter!

See: https://www.facebook.com/lakembamosqueofficial/videos/545658305840786?s=724429458&v=e&sfns=mo

5) Auslan interpreters hired in mosques for Layult al Qadr (Night of Power) and other Ramadan programs!

See: https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2556853861015932?s=724429458&v=e&sfns=mo and https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2557849617583023?s=724429458&v=e&sfns=mo

6)  I started a hashtag #makemosquesaccessible!

See: https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2556595291041789?s=724429458&sfns=mo

7) Eid Festival! For the first time ever, we had a Muslim Deaf Community Stall at 2 Eid Festivals in Sydney!

See:https://www.facebook.com/DeafMuslimAustralia/videos/618546101997493/ and

🌟 🎥 Check out a video about the first-ever Muslim Deaf Community stall at the Eid Festival at Rockdale Bicentennial Park on Sunday 9th June!! 🎥🌟We offered sign language classes, shared information and events and had a great day meeting people!Thanks everyone who came to learn or to say hi! Also thanks to the organisers for having us! #eidmubarak #eid #stall #festival #deaf #muslim #signlanguageMore information and photos:https://www.facebook.com/889734364394565/posts/2582881155079869?s=724429458&sfns=mo

Posted by Silent Signs on Tuesday, 11 June 2019

8) Q&A with Sheikh + Auslan! First time ever, a special opporutntiy for Deaf Community to ask questions about Islam!

See:

Alhumdillah What an amazing night.We had a Q&A in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) with Sheikh Mansour Leghaei who joined us from Iran!It was organised specifically for the Deaf community with an Auslan interpreter!Deaf Muslims of different sects and even non-Muslims and non-deaf, came to ask questions and find out more about Islam. Thank you sheikh for answering our questions eloquently and Bek for interpretering into sign language!(InshaAllah full video of Q&A will come soon!)After the Q&A, we were invited downstairs to join in the recitation of Dua Kumayl, which is recommended on Thursday nights. For me, I always try to read Dua Kuymal, but it was the first time to see it in Sign Language. Such an amazing feeling and gives it a different perspective. Thank you Imam Husain Islamic Centre for being so accommodating and InshaAllah many more to come!Glad to see more Islamic centres working to #makemosquesaccessible.

Posted by Silent Signs on Thursday, 13 June 2019

9) More events coming soon! Check out:

10) Overall, so much more awareness, support and connections with different organisations, mosques and Islamic centres were created for the Sydney Deaf Muslim Community in Sydney.

So much amazing things have happened, and all we can do is Thank God (Allah SWT). Also, thank you to long term supporters and special people who have been active in assitsing me with many of these!

All these changes have been a team effort, and I played a small, sometimes big, role in these changes.

I have been advocating and trying to create awareness and events over the last few years, and while there have been significant successes, it is nothing on this scale and this much on such a short period of time.

“But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.”

( Surah Al-Anfal [8:30])

Alhumdillah and inshaAallah looking foward to more!

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