Disability & Islam

As salam o alaikum /Hi guys!
As a muslimah living with a disability. Today, I want to write a little about how the prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) treated people with disabilities.

Greeting Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum (radi’allahu an) with respect and humility, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) designated him as the Leader of Madinah many times in his own absence. As far as the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was concerned, Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum’s blindness was not a barrier in his ability to carry out his duties.

Similarly, the case of Julaybib (radi’allahu an), another companion of the Prophet ( sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) he was described as being small grown – dwarf like in appearance. While many people in Madinah had made him an outcast, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), instead approached a family to give their beautiful daughter as a bride for Julaybib.
(Source: Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made people with disabilities feel welcome in society, his behavior towards disabled people is an example we all should be following. Some muslim communities (including mine alhamdulillah) are great and make people with disabilities feel welcome and treat them equally. But unfortunately, there are still some who are faced with some sort of bullying and barriers from within their own Muslim communities.

I see alot of people who are involved in Dawah who talk about a number of important issues (i.e hijab, haram relationships) but no one really talks about the disabled and how they should be treated. Why? I personally think our muslim communities lack in disability awareness.

So, if you come across a person with a disability on your way to work, in school or even if your out shopping, dont just stand and stare instead hold the door open for them or just smile, you never know your smile might just make their day. 🙂

Jareer ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to the people.”
(Source: Sahih Bukhari)


19 thoughts on “Disability & Islam

  1. It is always healthful, both for the doer and the receiver of the deed, to do something good everyday. Sometimes, no matter how normal the person looks, he still might have some disabilities or is going through something difficult.

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  2. im a physical therapist n come across many such people..n i always make it a point to inspire them…i must add that the islamic community where i live is doing alot in respect to this field and its very inspiring 🙂

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  3. Jazaakillah for the reminders and education.

    Indeed, Allah (swt) has created us in the best of forms and the best among us are those with Taqwa not the ‘seemingly perfect looks’.

    I view disability as ability in other unique ways but usually unseen or unknown to a great many.

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  4. We claim to be muslims but behave nothing like our beloved prophet (saw). And honestly we have to give Imam Omar Suleiman a Palestinian Sheikh, credits for founding “muhseen” an organisation made to help and ease contact between Disabled people and others. May Allah grant you Jannah sister 🙂

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  5. Very powerful post on a very sensitive topic and written with all the compassion it requires, MashAllah sister I applaud your courage and perspective.
    Alas, I wish I could make Muslims understand that disability is not a cause for discrimination and stigma and maltreatment as I have observed in Islamic countries, like mine and others.
    How disabled are shunned and violated on a daily scale is no way sanctioned in our deen.
    You have started a chain for reflection on this issue and hope others join too.
    Maybe one day we can write together on this issue, who knows 😉

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    1. I just wish more people spoke/wrote about it to raise awareness amongst the muslim communities -as I feel it’s strongly needed.
      Thank you for your kind words sister much appreciated❤

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