Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,
He is the boy next door. No, not my neighbour. But the boy who sits every Friday night next to Kalemah and watches the cars pass by. With every car that comes and parks his head turns curiously and watches it till the passengers get out and leave. Curiosity that is almost childlike in its innocence.
I sometimes wonder what goes around in his head. Wheel-chair bound, disabled, watching as us, the 'normal' people walk past and go on with our daily lives. I wonder if he has ever walked? Ever been out and about, visiting places, getting out of the house? Does he have friends? Does he feel content? Is he social or does he stay indoor 24/7?
He made me realise the numerous blessings Allah subhanna wa ta'ala has blessed us with, which we take for granted. Like walking, having hands, feet, eyes and just being normal.
Allah subhanna wa ta'ala says in the Qur'an in Surat Ar-Rahman:
'And which of your lords blessing will you deny?'
I've come to expect him every Friday Night sitting next to Kalemah. I've come to expect him to be there sitting in his wheelchair, in his white clothes, looking at each Car come in and park. I can sense his fascination with all these numerous cars that arrive yet this fascination speaks of something much deeper. Although it's usually dark when we go that we can barely see him; I can sense his longing and helplessness that reverberates in the air around him.
There are so many people around the World, including the Emirates who suffer in the same way. Little children, Men, Women and sadly we barely give them a thought. A lot of youngsters, especially those who are considered to be abnormal are ostracized from community on the whole. 'Normal' people, especially children don't want to be friends with them. People do not want to make eye-contact with them.
It should be our duty as humans and Muslims to reach out to these people with special needs. To help in anyway we can, even though it may be in a form of smile, for even smiling is a charity.
I hope Allah subhanna wa ta'ala easen his pain, and that of others like him and may we become grateful for all the blessings we have. Ameen,