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Global Deaf Muslims at ICNA 2010

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Global Deaf Muslims at ICNA 2010

"Yet they still believe"
By: Iqbal Shariff, Young Muslim, on the national Shura
Dated: May 31, 2010 ...

At the 2010 Young Muslims Conference "Happily ever hereafter" in Hartford, CT Memorial Day

weekend, the first two rows were reserved for Muslim brothers and sisters that are deaf. It was the most inspiring and rejuvenating sight to see but my first reaction was nothing but tears and self-contradiction.

As tears pour from my eyes, I asked myself how do they believe in Allah SWT? And how is their iman being fueled? Non-deaf Muslims have the ability to hear lectures and reminders but deaf-Muslims are faced with a series of challenges that make it difficult for them to obtain Islamic knowledge and reminders. In other words, deaf Muslims disability is not their hearing but the availability of Islamic knowledge.

Can you imagine being deaf? You cannot hear your child utter their first words. You cannot hear the beautiful recitation of the Qur'an! You cannot hear Jummah khutbah! A whole source of knowledge is difficult to acquire.

After the tears stopped I was internally conflicted. I saw a group of Muslims that was striving for Allah's pleasure despite the handicap Allah SWT placed onto them. I then contemplated on the non-deaf Muslims and how easily we take for granted and dismiss opportunities in which we can know more about Allah SWT. Unnecessary facts and sound bytes serve as cotton balls that prevent us from listening to clear signs of Allah SWT.

Thinking and reflecting on deaf Muslims rejuvenated my iman and inspired me to not let physical disabilities prevent me from striving to please Allah SWT.

May Allah reward deaf Muslims and grant them Jannah-tul-Firdous. Ameen.

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