Light Upon Light
Kitaba Islamic Texts for the Blind and Deaf Dawah hosted a programme entitled ‘Light upon Light’ in Birmingham on the 30th December 2009. It involved a talk delivered by Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf, a visiting scholar from Tarim in the Yemen. The event was held in the Birmingham University Chaplaincy and was supported by the Muslim Chaplains and Islamic Relief. The talk was translated by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa from Arabic to English. Dionne Dean translated into British Sign Language for the Deaf participants.
The event began with a joint presentation given by Arslaan Khan andKhalida Hussain raising awareness about the two organisations whose partnership brought about the event.
The introduction was followed by Habib Kazim’s talk which centred around the Deaf and Blind companions living around the Prophet Peace be upon him. Habib Kazim explored the nature of the human outer senses, such as hearing and sight in relation to the dimensions of the soul. He explained how the faculties of sight and hearing limit the human being’s ability to perceive physical entities, however the experience of the soul transcends these physical restrictions.
Many of those who attended the event were from the Deaf community, who experienced a spiritual journey that they themselves described as being ‘out of the ordinary.’ The event concluded with a Question and Answer session that was both informative and thought provoking, with one question in particular by a young fourteen year old Deaf girl who asked Habib if there were any Deaf people in Yemen. In response, Habib shared some inspiring reflections from the lives of those whom he knew were Deaf.
Kitaba would like to thank their partners, sponsors, the Shaykh, translator and sign interpreter for their contribution to this amazing event. We offer our special appreciation to Deaf Dawah, with whom we are developing a fruitful relationship supporting people with sensory impairments.
A sister who attended the event emailed us with the following comment:
“Light upon Light was a brilliant opportunity to meet and interact with the deaf community both from the Midlands and the rest of the UK. In addition, the talk by Habib Kadhim was both relevant and spiritually uplifting to all who were present and I look forward to Kitaba’s events in the up and coming future.”