Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting. Ramadan will start from May 27. The preparations for this month-long fasting are in full swing.
As per media reports, a new mosque - Al-Rahma - was inaugurated in Malappuram in Kerela on May 22.
One of its unique features is that will be the first Indian mosque to offer Friday namaz in sign language for the hearing-impaired.
This idea came from Musthafa Madani, the chairman of NGO Ability Foundation that runs an institution for 300 differently-abled students. According Madani, the devout Muslims who are deaf cannot hear sermons and therefore sign language is necessary to help them understand the holy words.
The Al-Rahma mosque is spread across five acres and can accommodate upto 500 people. The sermons to be held in sign language will be flashed on LCD screens. Mosque is fitted with ramps, arm rests in toilets and has wheel chairs.
Ability Foundation chief patron Hussain Madavoor has supported Madani's initiative, according to Times of India report.
Based in Chennai, Ability Foundation is a national cross disability organisation established in 1995 as a public charitable trust for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.