Divine Perspective on Ability
Channel: Ibrahim Hindy
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When Allah subhanaw taala created this world, this existence, he did not create it as a place of permanence. Rather, he created it as a place of bitterness and hardship.
When Allah created humanity, he decreed that our states would alternates
between health and illness, between wealth and poverty,
union in separation
between joy and sadness,
and Allah decided which are the servants with live in these states,
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your Lord creates what he wants and he chooses.
But in the wisdom of Allah subhana wa Tada
is that he does not treat His servants unjustly.
He does not lose the reward of those who acts in excellence.
He does not lose the award of those who act with patience during hardship.
He does not lose their award of those who are suffering illnesses or hardships in their livelihood or even in their bodies.
Today is the International Day
to recognize people who live with disabilities.
And it's important for us as Muslims,
to think about how our religion makes us think about the nature of disabilities.
Some people might be born with disabilities, like autism or Down syndrome.
Other people may develop it.
Maybe there's a tragedy that causes a person to lose their limbs or some of their abilities.
However disabilities occur if the person expects reward from Allah subhana Tida than they are amongst those whom Allah will give them a tremendous reward.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
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he said on the Day of Judgment, the people who had health
will be wishing, will be desiring
when they see their award that Allah subhanaw taala will give the people who are patient, they see Allah has given reward to people who are patients on that day, they're going to wish for something. What are they wishing for? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said they wish that they came back to the dunya and that their bodies were cut up
with scissors, their bodies were torn apart, that they lived a very excruciating life in this world. Why?
Because in that world, they realize
how little value this world has.
And in that world, they realize how much the reward of being patient in this world is. So they wish they were living here with the most excruciating pain so that they will be patient and get the reward in the next life.
This is how a SNAM allows us to see the tremendous inner value and inner virtue of people who are struggling against hardship in their lives. And this is a huge difference
between the Islamic civilization and the civilizations that preceded it.
The ancient Greek would look at someone born with a disability as being unsuitable for life.
And they would kill such people.
The Romans would look at people with disabilities, as though they are a source of entertainment.
They would bring them to like a circus for people to watch and be amused.
But it's slam rejected this kind of degradation.
you notice something in the Quran. Allah subhanaw taala does not draw a parallel
between the health of a person's body and between the health of their spirituality. If anything, we see the opposite.
Allah subhanaw taala his way though I don't to duplicate them.
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Hola speaking about the hypocrites in the Quran. He says if you look to their bodies who would like it to be look strong and big and
and if they speak you want to listen to them they are eloquent in their speech.
Is this now a sign that spiritually they are good? No Allah no Titus is quiet. Allah, Allah you for calling God's curses upon them. How deluded are they?
Allah subhanaw taala doesn't draw this kind of connection.
Allah subhanaw taala gives us the example of Musa infra
and for Allen is saying whatever Musa you think are you? Are you gonna listen to this man who can barely speak? Musa had a stutter stutter when he would speak
yah hoo, who is the one who spiritually is better than the other? One was struggling with facts
in his ability to speak.
It's none tells us to look at the people with disability as someone who's being tested, and now they have adore, to go towards the Mercy of Allah subhanaw taala
a woman came to our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and she said yeah rasool Allah in NeoStrata Kisha, so Messenger of Allah, I suffer seizures.
And while I have the seizure, my body becomes exposed
so what does she want? Federal law, ASP any make too hot for Allah Subhana Allah to heal me.
Make dua that Allah heals me from this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to her,
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when city salvati, the Prophet said, if you wish,
I will pray for Allah subhanaw taala to heal you.
And if you wish, you can be patient.
The prophets telling you, if you wish, you can be patient, even if you're suffering,
even if your mother and your father, your husband, and your children are suffering with you because of your illness, because they love you and they hate to see, you go through these hardships.
The prophet tells her, if you want you can be patient. When you can, Jana, if you want, you can be patient and you will have paradise.
The Prophet doesn't say the existence of this disability is a pure evil that has to be eradicated. When you make to ask for Allah to cure you and that disability is gone. No, he says if you want we can do this.
But there's also value in the disability.
And that value is you being patient and being connected to the Mercy of Allah subhanaw taala.
And this woman, we begin to evaluate these two options, the first offer, to be healed, to be relieved of the sickness and the second offer, to be patient and to have paradise. And she said the last Bell said no rather I will be patient. But make dua alert, that my body does not become exposed when I have this seizure.
So the prophets of Allah who it was sent to me,
and they said after this station would have seizures, but not so intensely, that hurt, clothing would unravel and that she would be exposed.
And I'm beloved I'm best for the hola hola. I'm
the cousin of our Prophet Sall Allahu Allah, He became one of the great teachers of the Quran. When you would walk with the students through Medina, sometimes they would see this woman is walking in the street. And I'm dastardly Allah who I will tell the students do you want to see a person from the people of paradise? They said yes, of course. He said that woman.
she chose paradise. She is of the people of paradise. This is the way the companion saw people who are struggling with disabilities. We know the famous story.
Our Prophet sallallahu I know you're sending them every time you'd pass by our beloved
brother Allah, Allah Allah, the companion of the prophet who was a blind and we kind of the Prophet would walk by him. He would say more heavenly men have any fear of being Welcome to the person whom because of him, My Lord admonished me.
My lord critiqued me because of because of you.
And he's welcoming him.
And this is the famous story, where the Prophet alayhi salatu salam is sitting with the leaders of Quran
ish. And he's giving them Dawa. And he's calling them to Islam. And then we'll move on to him comes to the Prophet and he's asking him, when is the time of prayer, he is blind, he cannot see.
And the prophet
is focused on giving Dawa to these leaders of fresh
and electone cannot fully see the awkward situation of him approaching the Prophet in this setting, because he's blind.
And the prophets of Allah, wherever you send him, ignores him to continue giving them power. Now, it's important to say the prophets mistake here is not out of arrogance,
right? It's not, you know, the sinfulness of him being being arrogant or anything like that, or him being sinful. This is a mistaken judgment. He's thinking it's more important to give Dawa to the leaders of Christ. If they become Muslim. Then Islam will have their strength, the strength of these leaders accepting Islam. He's not looking down at him. He is prioritizing giving this tower
but Allah subhanaw taala made sure to critique our Prophet on this point, Ibis Allah. And
he found and he turned away because the blind men came to him. Well, now you're Greek Allah, Allah,
Allah, Allah, Allah say, I know these leaders of Christ, are not going to be pure.
These people of Christ are not going to listen to you. But I know this man is. And for that reason alone, this man is far better than all these leaders who have money in power and prestige and fame.
And he reminds us through this story,
to be wary of preferring the rich and the powerful in the strong over the poor blind men.
Because the poor blind man might be far greater in the eyes of Allah than all those other people.
And through this, Allah subhanaw taala showed us that while we might be little, or overlook the abilities and the contributions of people with disabilities, Allah subhanaw taala values, their abilities, Allah values, they're striving for his gods.
Allah valued the efforts of a nonmetal
and so we too are blind so when we see some someone with a disability, and they're unable to move their hand, or walk, or someone with children who have these disabilities, we are obligated
to treat them with, with excellence, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was reminded to treat Ivanova Maktoum with excellence, to treat them with good character.
Waxing when Allah you're seen, show excellence because Allah loves those who show excellence.
And the prophets of Allah who said no one Hadith was asked,
What are the doors doing the Bible? What are the doors of good tell me what the doors of good art and the prophets a longer Hadith the Prophet begins to list different acts of goodness that a Muslim can do.
And one of them he says and to arraign asagna on how to snap the
one of them to help a laborer somebody who's working, help them.
Even if you get nothing out of it, you see somebody is painting for a living they're painting is hey, can I help you? This is a good deed in this. But he continues and he says I'll toss that over to work. For someone who has a mental disability.
Someone has a mental disability, they can't do things in their life to go work for them. Help them, give them things that they need take care of them.
We've spoken in many heartfelt Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He said, The moon can just otherwise the believers are like one body. One part of it is painting the whole body feels pain.
So it's not conceivable when we see our brothers and sisters with disabilities struggling, that we turn them away.
That we ignore them. We pretend they don't exist. We all care for them.
Brother once came into the masjid with his wheelchair.
And someone immediately starts yelling at him. He says you're bringing Madras and to the masjid. Your wheels are going all over the road and everywhere and you bring into the masjid
immediately yelling at him. And the brother had already waked by the way, the wheels of the wheelchair. He knows he's entering a masjid. He wakes it down. Could you not have approached them? Sam or alikhan Get to know Him. Extend your name. Say, you know, I'm just wondering, did you wipe the tires before you enter? Because you know, no, Jess, you could have a good way of having this conversation. But no
they wish they weren't even in the master to begin with. They wish they weren't even in the community to begin with.
People complain to Abdelaziz,
adults, the disabled people in the Muslim ummah.
So I'm going to be alone where I'm employed and gave a full salary to people, their job is to work with those who are disabled to help them. They're receiving a full salary from the Muslim government to go and help them and work. This is our ethics, our ethics being shown in the way that the Muslims were dealing with people.
In fact, when people complain to Omar, the Allah, Allah, he wrote a letter to the governor of Damascus. And he said to him, pretend you are one of them. Pretend you're someone with a disability, what would you want, put yourself in their shoes. And this is something we should all be doing. put ourselves in their shoes.
When we think about victory, especially in these days, I want you to think about one Hadith of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when the Prophet would meet a people, a tribe would come, a delegation would come would come and he would meet with them, or he would go in and sit with them.
What do you think comes to the delegations even today, if there's a politician coming to visit the community, who do they bring, they bring the important people, the rich people, the powerful people, the people of influence.
So the same thing people would bring the tribal leaders to meet the Prophet.
The Prophet would say,
Bring me the weak.
Bring me the alpha, bring me the weak amongst you, honestly, to the orphans. I want to speak to the people who are ill, I want to speak to the people who are poor, I want to speak to these people.
If you were wondering, why are you doing Why are you asking to speak to these people?
It's as if the prophets of Allah who knows the measure of a people the measure of a how do you treat the weak amongst you? This is the measure of who you are.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
hello to Soluna what was the Pune 11 Wi Fi? He said, and do you the rhetorical question? And are you given a victory? Are you given this from Allah subhanaw taala except through the week amongst you, meaning except through your service for the week amongst you, this is the way that you attain Allah subhanaw taala is victory. And Allah subhanaw taala has provision.
And that's something important for us to understand how we take care of those amongst us that are the most vulnerable, that we don't leave them behind, that we don't ignore them that we don't pretend like they don't exist. How we take care of them is the means to Allah's victory in his provisions.
First of all, for the hard or soft documents to follow in order for.
Smilla Los Altos salam ala Rasulillah. He was the he was a happy woman wider.
There's so much to say on this topic.
But I want to ensure that I don't conclude today without
a couple of things. So number one,
that we don't belittle the ability of people who have disabilities. Sometimes we give a talk like this, and people leave with sympathy with mercy in their hearts for those who have disabilities. But we still belittle their abilities. We pretend that because the person is disabled, they can't do anything.
And the Prophet sallallahu Alisyn did not do this. Right, if he was blind, the prophet would make him judge the people especially if the prophet had to leave Medina, he would make even Omar Maktoum, the leader and the judge if there's an argument that happens when the prophet is not there. He is the one judging between the people just because he can't see doesn't mean he can't judge and think I'm gonna punish him or her the Allah who is how they live. But he wanted to fight. The Prophet allowed him and he went and fought to northwards and he died. And the people told him you don't have to, Allah has given you an excuse, you're limping. He said, I want to enter Jannah with this limb,
right? We see this in many different facets of the life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
that he encouraged the people to use the abilities they have. If Allah has taken away one ability, there's still 100 abilities that they do
Before we conclude, our thoughts are always for the people of Gaza and what they're going through right now. And it's important for us to realize that amongst the people in Gaza, who are going through extreme difficulty, many of them themselves are disabled.
In fact, they said, over 50,000 people in Reza who've had to flee their homes have been disabled, of the million that have had to flee their homes.
They're told to flee and some of them have to flee on wheelchairs. If they're lucky, and they have the wheelchair. Many of them are unable, so they're staying in their homes, even though their neighborhood is being bombarded.
Some kids hear, so they don't even know when the airstrikes are falling,
they have to see is the building shaking. That's how they know that something is happening.
People requiring medication have been unable to get mitigation because of the blockade on Gaza.
We know hospitals have been involved.
There was a hospital that was invaded by the IDF.
And they forced the doctors and the medical staff at gunpoint for them, they had to leave.
And there were premature babies inside of the hospital.
So the medical staff left, and they were hoping they're going to take these babies transfer them to another medical center. They left them to die and starve. They came back just a few yesterday, the day before they found the bodies and the baby's still there. They left them behind
these crimes, show us what their values are.
These crimes show us what they really stand for, in all their power in their minds and their ability.
Allah has given them ability, given them one of the biggest army strongest armies in the world, giving them enough money to do what they want to do. And this is what they produce.
It shows us what they really stand for.
As Muslims, it's important for us to embody the values
of our beliefs to produce what we really believe in.
That's an important lesson for us to take forward. But I saw a beautiful clip
of a brother and a husband himself. His grandchildren were killed. And he's speaking to a girl who lost her leg in one of the airstrikes.
And he tells her something very beautiful.
He tells her your leg intergender before you
this is the mindset of the Muslim.
This is the way that we see disabilities and hardships and tragedies with this kind of optimism.
And this kind of persevering for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala We ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect the people of Gaza. We ask Allah to provide his aid to those who need his aid. I mean in