Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Friday sermon to be telecast live in sign language

Friday sermon to be telecast live in sign language
By Adel Arafah (Our staff reporter) KHALEEJ TIMES 26 February 2008

ABU DHABI — The Juma (Friday) sermon at Shaikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi will be telecast live in sign language from the first Friday of March, Dr Mattar Al Ka’abi, Director-General of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Auqaf (Endowments), said recently.

Emirates TV channel would telecast the sermon in sign language every Friday, he said.

The move was part of the authority’s commitment to the people with hearing and speech difficulties, who number more than 200 in Abu Dhabi alone as per the statistics issued by the Zayed Higher Foundation for Humanitarian Care, he said.

The authority had signed contracts with two specialists in sign language to convey, in detail, the Juma sermon, he noted. These people with special needs are an integral part of the society, and the authority was planning to introduce sermons in sign language in more mosques in all emirates, he added.

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