Posted By Veiled Muslimah on/at 8/16/2008 01:45:00 AM

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:

فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

'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,

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khaki said...


The post is well written and heartfelt masha Allah. The wistfulness in the eyes of the under privilidged is heart rending, even as they (the special people) sometimes exude a maddening air of innocence.

Veiled Muslimah said...

wa alaykumsalam,

jazakiallahu khairan :)

yes, also its sad how we have to look at other people now to do a reality check.

May Allah subhanna wa ta'ala make us among those who are constantly thankful! Ameen.

MASS said...

Anonymous said...

why dont you just approach this person? he may be so happy that you didnt mind talking to him. even if you can't understand what he says he might understand you. i think it is a shame that you refered to normal people, insha allah just use disabled and abled boddied or something similar, asalaamu alaykum

Veiled Muslimah said...

mass, jazakallah khair for linking me. thats a really nice blog. :)

anonymous: I don't know, I thought about it but I felt that if I approached him out of the blue it'll look a bit weird. AND i wear the Niqaab, i don't want him to think anything or freak out. But I thought about it, maybe I could tell one of the guys to approach him instead.

Sorry, did you mean abnormal? I felt a bit weird using it too but I couldn't think of any other word, i'll change it inshaAllah. Wa Alaykumsalam.

Anonymous said...

asalaamu alaykum aaah ok yeah it might be nice though if some one could approach him. even just to say hi in passing. who cares if others think it looks weird thats their loss

Anonymous said...

Yes, i've noticed him too. Once i almost turned my car into his gate instead of Kalemah by mistake!

Anyway, if you are interested, there is a really good & compehensive article written about the care & emphasis Islam lays on the well-being of physically & mentally challenged people. I can't post a link her but you can google the article to read it. Its called, 'The Prophet's Care for People with Special Needs' by Muhammad Mus'ad Yaqut.

UmmBlog said...

LOL @ Serendipitouslife

Lightnur said...

Assalamu alaikum sister

Jazak Allahu Khairan for your kind thought. Your post touched me, Masha Allah.

As a mother of a child with disability, I felt that sometime people do not want to make eye-contact with us. I agreed that even a smile will be enough for us.

Ameen to your du'a.

Veiled Muslimah said...

assalam aalaykum,

Serendpitious, Jazakallah khair, I'll check it out inshallah.

Lightnur, wa Alaykumsalam ukhti, wa iyyak. :) I'm glad I was able to touch people with the post. May Allah make things easier for you and your child and grant you jannah. Ameen.

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