Conference Theme

Islam for Deaf: Our Community, Our Future

Conference Goals

To provide a global forum for Deaf Muslims.

To share and exchange ideas and good practice on Islamic education for Deaf Muslims.

To raise awareness of the existence of Deaf Muslims and the need for the mainstream Muslim ummah to proactively include them into their programs on the local, national and international level.

Conference Objectives

The conference aims:

  • To provide Deaf Muslims a forum to highlight the specific challenges they face in accessing Islamic information.
  • To identify specific strategies for the inclusion of Deaf Muslims into the broader mainstream Muslim ummah.
  • To provide opportunities for Deaf Muslim organizations across the global ummah to present their work to allow others to learn from their experiences.
  • To provide access for Deaf Muslims to Islamic scholars and information about Islam from around the world.
  • To develop an agenda for Islamic scholars whereby they can appropriately address the educational and spiritual needs of Deaf Muslims and serve them as equal rights holders within the Muslim ummah.
  • To provide opportunities for organizations to meet and develop new alliances and partnerships with regards to translating the Qur’an into various sign languages.
  • To advance efforts in creating a Universal Islamic Sign Language Dictionary.
  • To address the right of Deaf Muslims to express their Deaf identity in the form of language and culture.
  • To engage the Muslim media in advertising and promoting the consultation.
  • To engage Muslim governments in a discourse aimed at raising their awareness of the specific challenges faced by Deaf Muslims and to highlight the role they play in addressing these challenges.

Conference Outcome

Preliminary needs assessment: As a consultation, this event will serve to help identify the key issues facing Deaf Muslims in each region. For example, poverty and low literacy levels could be a challenge in one region meanwhile the lack of sign language interpreters familiar with Islam could be the main issue in another area.

Global strategy: Identifying the general needs of each region will enable GDM to develop a broad plan on how to address and meet the needs of Deaf Muslims in each region. This plan will be a broad base but will provide sufficient information to allow GDM to prioritize its work.

Regional Partners: Working in partnership with local Deaf organizations is the only way GDM can be effective in achieving its vision of a Muslim ummah that is accessible and inclusive of Deaf Muslims. Hosting a global event will further efforts to identify potential partners and allies in different regions across the world. These groups will be an integral part of the strategic planning and implementation process.

Disability Inclusion: The consultation wishes to further encourage the inclusion of Deaf individuals, and individuals with disabilities, in planning and decision-making bodies which impact the disabled community of their respective countries. Specifically, the 2016 consultation wishes to ensure that all disability perspectives are represented in every aspect of Development Agenda in Malaysia.