For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people.
Today my Friday Wisdom is dedicated to a fellow sister who has set up a Disabled Muslims Network on Facebook. Religion does not define disability, but sometimes some issues regarding religion and disability can arise, questions that can only be answered by other Muslims, and there does appear to be a lack of support for fellow Muslims who have a disability. Sadly disability can also be abit of a taboo amongst some cultures, and inshAllah this network will help work towards getting rid of the negative attitudes towards disability in these communities.
The founder of the network was kind enough to write a few words about her organisation for my blog:
My name is Zenab and I am 25 years old. I have a lot of chronic illness, most since birth due to being born 3 months early, and others in recent years.
At the age of 16 I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, it’s a form of arthritis that affects my spine and all of my other joints.
I decided to start the disabled muslims network after looking online for organisations that support disabled muslims and their families and I found that there were no organisations for muslims with disabilities and their families. I also want to change the way the muslim community treat muslims with disabilities.
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org