South Africa saw the return of more than 50 underprivileged deaf people, earlier this month after the group embarked on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Despite not being able to hear the beautiful sounds of the Athaan in the holy city of Mecca, the group of deaf men and women were at least able to perform their Umrah for the very first time.
The emotional trip was captured live on Facebook by TV talk show host Faizal Sayed and was made possible by various organisations and members of the public, who assisted the Al-Waagah Institute for Deaf in granting the group the memorable journey.
With only parts of the journey posted on Sayed’s timeline over a two week period, the public will now be able to view more footage of the journey, which includes the ups and downs that the group faced while on Umrah.
“This new TV series is about telling the story and journey of these people that are most of the time marginalized.
“I think that this series lends itself to an experiential view, were viewers, for the very first time get the actual insight of following the journey from before the trip, all the way through, along with every little detail of how the deaf experienced it.
“’We also get to understand their (deaf) opinions and emotions throughout the trip, and fully understanding that they have finally got what they wanted, with the help of South Africans.
“The new series will show and extract the raw emotions of these people and will allow the viewers to take on the journey with us,” explained Sayed.
#DeafUmrah will air on The Faizal Sayed Show on Deen Channel 365 on StarSat, every Friday, (from next week), at 19:30 sharp. A repeat of the show will air on Monday mornings at 09:30. For more information call 021 200 0602. (Deen Times)