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Friday namaz in sign language - a first in India

A new mosque has been designed in Mallappuram in Kerala to meet the needs of devotees with special needs.

The mosque will enable those who are hearing impaired to appreciate the Friday prayers. There are also facilities so that the speeches during the Friday namaz will also be translated in sign language.

This is the first mosque in India to do so. Sermons at every prayer meet in the mosque will also use the services of a sign language specialist and be displayed on LCD screens installed on the walls of the mosque.

The mosque is also fitted with ramps, armrests in toilets and wheelchairs meant for the differently abled.

The idea of a special mosque came after it was known that many hearing-impaired students were skipping prayer meets and Friday namaz as they were struggling to follow the sermons.

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