Making Mosques Accessible

People at the mosque door taking off their shoes. One person is sittingThe classic design of a mosque makes access difficult for people who have difficulty with mobility, removing shoes, hearing the call to prayer, and generally using facilities. The three critical elements of mosque architecture are the prayer hall, the ablution area and sanitary facilities. People are not allowed to enter with a personal mobility device or shoes. This is to stop dirt from the outside entering the mosque. The United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular, is keen to promote the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of life. Consequently, the Ministry of Community Development commissioned the development of a plan to achieve access for all. That includes mosques. As a result, Nazem Fawzi Al-Mansoor has come up with a checklist for achieving greater access to mosques. 

Pictures are of the Bolo Hauz Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

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