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'Equal in the eyes of God', South Jakarta mosque goes disability-friendly for inclusivity

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /  03:13 pm
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Inclusive Mosque: El Syifa Mosque in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, is one of the first disability-friendly mosques in the city. Since December 2018, the mosque has provided a special 'wudhu' (ablutions) area for people in a wheelchair, a Braille Quran for the blind and small chairs for the elderly to pray. (JP/Vela Andapita)

Holding onto the saying "everyone is equal in the eyes of God", young people involved in the management of El Syifa Mosque in Ciganjur subdistrict in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, decided to make the mosque more inclusive and friendly to those with disabilities. They revamped the mosque building to better accommodate Muslims with disabilities. From its entrance gate, you can see a disabled parking space. At the front of the mosque building, there is a special area for wudhu (ablutions) for those in a wheelchair. Unlike usual wudhu areas, each faucet is installed on a washbasin that can be pulled closer to the user’s body. It is also equipped with a spray hose to clean the wheelchair’s wheels. There is also a toilet with a button that the user can push to ask for help. The button is connected to a bell that can be heard inside the mosque. “The cleanl...