Monday, June 18, 2012

The Quran in ASL

A Muslim group is hoping to raise enough money to produce an ASL version of the Quran. The Global Deaf Muslim says it needs about $200 thousand dollars and two years to complete a video translation of the Quran that will include both American Sign Language as well as subtitles in American English. Started 7 years ago, the Global Deaf Muslim began raising funds, led by president Nashiru Abdulai who became deaf at the age of nine from meningitis. He's moving the effort into the centers of Islamic life, the mosques. Global Deaf Muslim solicited for funds a couple of weeks ago at the Prince George’s Muslim Association (located in a suburb of Washington, DC) and there are plans to visit other Mosques in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland in coming weeks.