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    Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Source: http://www.ukim.org/imam.asp?CatID=17.

    Question:

    What are the teachings of Islam on mentally or physically disabled people? Very little literature is available on your or other Islamic websites regarding the following core questions:

    1- Why Allah has created these imperfect human beings?
    2- Is that a kind of punishment of Allah on these humans or their loved ones?
    3- Is there any Hadith or Qur'anic reference regarding reward or punishment for the disabled people or their families?

    Answer:
    In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    All thanks and praise are due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

    Dear questioner, we really appreciate your good question. In fact, it is a question that reflects great intelligence. In fact, Islam provides guidance to mankind, in all aspects of life. It urges Muslims to seek guidance and exert every effort. A Muslim is always encouraged to leave no stone unturned in pursuing the truth. May Allah Almighty help us make use of the truth, after getting it, and help us to steer clear of falsehood, Ameen!


    As regards your question, we would like to say to you that Allah has created people in different races, colors and having various abilities. While some of them are given certain gifts, others are deprived of these gifts and thus are disabled. This is the nature of life, according to the Divine Wisdom through which Allah governs everything.


    Tackling this important issue, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi states the following:

    In fact, man’s life is a full record of hardships and tribulations. In this sense, Allah says: “ We create man from a drop of thickened fluid to test him” (Al-Insaan:2) When man looks upon these tribulations and afflictions as being a test from Almighty Allah to see his true colors, he will come to know that there is a great Divine wisdom behind all these tests. This is surely an absolute fact, whether we know it or not.


    It is also a great thing that Almighty Allah, when depriving a person of a certain ability or gift, compensates him for it, by bestowing upon him/her other gift, whith which he excels others. That is why we see that those people who are deprived of sight, have very sensitive ears that they can hear very low beats or movements around them. They are given excellence in many other abilities to compensate their imperfection.


    If a person adopts this view, he will surely find rest and get contented with the test posed on him by Almighty Allah. Every person should bear in mind that he can never change his inability or escape Allah’s fate and thus he should try his best to make his life better and turn this sore lemon into sweet honey. This inability should be a motive to creativity and excellence in any field of life. A disabled person should make his condition an impetus towards being distinguished and prominent in the society.


    How To Overcome Disability and Become an Active Member in the Society:
    In order to be an active member in the society, a disabled person needs to be fully aware of his surroundings and the nature of his disability. In addition, it is incumbent on the society to offer a helping hand to all those people. Islamic history has a shining record of many examples of people who, while having some kind of disability, occupied very excellent positions and prominent status in the society. `Atta Ibn Abi Rabah, who was known of being black, lame and paralyzed person, was the greatest Mufti in Makkah. He was highly honored by `Abdul-Malik Ibn Marawan, the Muslim caliph of that time. His vast knowledge earned this prestige.


    Also, we know the story of the great Companion `Amr Ibn Al-Jamooh, who was also lame. His four sons, when participating in Jihad, said to him: “You have an excuse to remain at home, for you are old and you have a kind of disability.” With full confidence and trust in Allah, he said to them: “Nay, for I hope to walk in Paradise with my lame foot.” Commenting on this, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to them: “Leave him! He is a man who seeks martyrdom.” Almighty Allah guides all Muslims not to leave those disabled in isolation lest they fall a prey to despair and psychological ailments. They should be welcomed to the open society and be dealt with in the kindest way.


    The Duty of the Society towards the Disabled:

    It must be clearly borne in mind that there are things that happen out of man’s control and there are things that happen to man out of his own negligence, To make this matter clear, we may quote the following example. An infant gets paralyzed. This may occur due to his mother’s negligence of giving her child the due vaccination. So such disability is out of man’s negligence.

    Now, it is the duty of the whole society to establish schools for those persons and secure them due care so that they become good members of the society and that they benefit themselves and their families. In the West, great care is shown to the disabled. It is duty of we Muslims to shoulder the responsibility of showing the utmost care to those people, for, according to the teachings of our religion, those persons are sources of Divine mercy and blessings being showered on us now and then. They are the weak for whose sake we are given sustenance and made victorious. In his Hadith, our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “You are given sustenance and victory for the virtue of those who are weak amongst you.” We, should show mercy and care to the disabled out of both human and religious motives. In Islam, we are commanded to show mercy to everything in this world. In the Hadith: “Show mercy to those on earth so that He Who is in the heavens (i.e. Allah) bestow mercy to you.”

    Source:http://www.ukim.org/imam.asp?CatID=17.

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    JazakAllahu khayr bro!

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    He doesn't seem to answer the second question, to which the answer is no.

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by neelu View Post
    He doesn't seem to answer the second question, to which the answer is no.
    If a child has a disability it is a test for him/her on the whole family and brings out compassionate side of everyone thus good deed's, and I heard that children with disability are sinless, as Allah swt wont hold them to account for there actions.

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    subhanallah i have so much admiration for families who live with disability day in day out.

    the never ending workload and utter dependecy the have people rely on them for and then having to cope other children they may have too.

    Subhanallah these people are amazing
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    They go out hungry in the early morning, and return full in the evening." [Tirmidhi]


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    Do not try to run away from trials and tribulations, but endure them with patience. They cannot be avoided, and there is nothing for it but to endure them with patience. How can you expect the whole of this world, and all that has been created therein, to undergo change and transformation just to suit your convenience? The Prophets are the best of all creatures, yet they have always had to suffer afflictions and so it is for their followers, those who tread in their footsteps as they walk along their highway, emulating their example.


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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    JazakAllahu khayr bro!

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    The brother who posted above me, hasnt been online on MSN for over two months now... he has Duchennes muscular Dsytrophy. Life expectancy is low. He's 18 already. Please keep him in your dua (His name is Ersin)
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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by al_Muhsin View Post
    The brother who posted above me, hasnt been online on MSN for over two months now... he has Duchennes muscular Dsytrophy. Life expectancy is low. He's 18 already. Please keep him in your dua (His name is Ersin)
    I will keep him in my prayers, although I am not Muslim.

    Truly people and families that deal with disabilities everyday are an inspiration to all.

    Let us remember them in our thoughts and prayers and condemn those who make light of their hardship.
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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by al_Muhsin View Post
    The brother who posted above me, hasnt been online on MSN for over two months now... he has Duchennes muscular Dsytrophy. Life expectancy is low. He's 18 already. Please keep him in your dua (His name is Ersin)
    amin thank you for letting us know. Allah ta ala keep him safe amin.
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    The Prophet said:

    "Whosoever leaves off obedience and separates from the Jamaa'ah and dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah. Whoever fights under the banner of the blind, becoming angry for 'asabiyyah (nationalism/tribalism/partisanship) or calling to 'asabiyyah, or assisting 'asabiyyah, then dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah."

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    The Prophet, said, "Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief)." sahih bukhari


    "Creeping upon you is the diseases of those people before you: envy and hatred. And hatred is the thing that shaves. I do not say it shaves the hair but it shaves the religion!

    By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Certainly, let me inform you of that which may establish such things: spread the greetings and peace among yourselves."

    [Recorded by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi]


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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Subhanallah, may Allah (swt) make his condition a means of expiation, grant him and his family sabr and ease his suffering- ameen.

    I only just spotted a reply to my earlier post in which someone said that a disabled person is sinless. I should point out that is not entirely true. A person who is disabled mentally such as severe retardation, or has the mind of a 6 year old in spite of being an adult- such a person is sinless because there is no accountability for someone who hasn't developed a sound mind. Having said that, a disabled person of sound mind, is still accountable for his or her beliefs and what he or she propagates although the disability is an opportunity for expiation of sins as well.

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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    I miss this brother, so much. I have hope that Allah will unite us, if not in this world, then the next, Ameen.

    How is it, that a boy, half my age - can teach me things I would not have learnt otherwise? I will never forget him. Please keep the brother in your dua. PLEASE.
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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    Muscular Dystrophy is one of the worst genetic / inherited diseases, where a child who once walked and played becomes gradually weak with muscle getting wasted day by day. I know one such child from a friends family, who when I first met was a playful child full of vigor. Few years down it was so heart rending to see him wheel chair bound not even able to lift his neck. These children typically grow into their twenties and then die. Such an unforgiving and long test on their parents.
    Last edited by Vishnu; 05-10-12 at 06:51 PM.
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    Re: Disability and Handicapped in Islam

    He got in touch with us recently, he is alive alhamdulillah. He ended up in hospital and on breathing equipment. But now he is home.

    Allah is merciful.

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