Funny things have happened these past few days. Last week, I was browsing all over the internet for Deaf and Muslim resources to find some more information on a sign for "muslim" or "islam". I came across a few KSL (Kuwaiti Sign Language) resources, but nothing I wanted or needed at the time.
Then I came across the website of the Global Deaf Muslim and I clicked on the video section AND THERE'S ONE OF MY VIDEOS! I couldn't believe it. *laughs* I'm honored, really, but did they really NEED to use the one where I messed up and signed "chocolate" instead of church? ;)
All of this got me to thinking; there is little resources available to deaf and hoh muslims who want to learn their religion. The GDM has lofty goals, but I decided to take matters into my own hands. The attempt at the first chapter of the Quran, Surah Al-Fatihah, is a translation completely of my own using the best English translation I own (my Arabic isn't so great). I released it to get feedback on if it was clear the messege. If not, i can re-work it of course. But I see the bible done in ASL, and it's beauty, and I want that for the Quran. i want to help bring the messege of the Quran to my other deaf and hoh brothers and sisters in Islam.
One point that the GDM raises is trying to create a "Muslim Sign Language" to use so that all of us can communicate upon first meeting, no matter what country. I'll leave you all to debate that one ;)
So I decided to write this post because in trying to come up with signs for the different concepts in Islam, I was stumped. And with no other language to turn to, I didn't know if i wanted to even finish Surah Al-Fatihah. Now, I bring you Turkish Sign Language with Muslim signs (Click on the right hand side where it says "Dini El Isaretleri") :) Enjoy, debate, but please, have it be productive, not hurtful. Thanks!