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  December 04, 2012


In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty


December 3rd, International day of Disabled persons

Human being is the best of all creations of Allah Almighty. Allah created people with different characteristics; they differ in color, appearance, height and taste; No-one is completely similar to any other in this world. While some people are blessed with certain gifts, others are deprived of these bounties. The lacking of normal human capabilities in physical, mental and functional terms is generally referred to as“dis-ability”. December 3rd, is celebrated as the International day of Disabled persons.

"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live." - Neil Marcus

Let us peep into the past and recall the stories of various legends who were physically handicapped but they marked their names in the book of history!!!

Can you think of a girl who is blind and deaf, yet a remarkable writer and poetess?? If being disabled implies the absence of hope, then no-one can accept the existence of the famous poetess Helen Keller. When parents strive for their handicapped kids and innovate ways to let them embrace the world of knowledge, we can get personalities like Helen Keller. Her teachers adopted different techniques to make learning easy for her. And she became able to set an example for the world. She feels the beauty of things with the sight of her heart and never complaints of her deprivations. According to her:  

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with heart”

If Helen Keller was able to lead a successful life, why can’t you think of living a contented life?? Just have faith in your abilities and never let criticism hit your determination. If some people don’t like you because you are disabled; just remember there are many others who love you because you are a part of their lives and they need you badly.

It is the responsibility of every member of the society to pay respect to the disabled. They are like normal human beings; the difference lies only in the fact that they require special care and affection in order to bring smiles on their faces!! If you have two seeing eyes and two listening ears, if you can walk on your legs, if you can hold a pencil and if you are not mentally retarded, beware!!! loads of responsibilities lie on your shoulders. Thank Allah Almighty for everything you have, and try to help others who are disabled in any aspect!!    

If you are blessed with everything, let yourself be a ray of hope for any of your disabled fellows. You have the responsibility to raise his morale strength everyday and never let him down. Help him in fulfilling the daily chores of life and make him feel that there are many people who are deprived of many other blessings also. Your smiles and cooperation can change the life of a disabled person. Make him realize that if Allah has deprived him of a single feature, he is really unique in some other aspect. Let the disabled persons around you feel themselves to be an important part of your life. Don’t let them sit free and idle; engage them in any activity which they can perform easily. The feeling that they can also do something for others makes them feel valuable.   

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.” - Martina Navratilova

The wisdom of Allah Almighty knows no bounds. We can never argue against what He has created. It is none but He Who distributes blessings among His creations. For instance, if He decided to deprive you of the seeing ability, what can you do?? There are two ways to approach the problem; “Cry and mourn the whole life. Why only me?? How can I live years of my life when I can’t see anything?? I have been deprived of all blessings of life!!!!” and the second way is that “you submit your will to Allah and find out various other blessings in your life. You can still do tasks which many others can’t.” If the choice of the first option brings sight to your eyes, I will definitely suggest you to go for that. But if it doesn’t and certainly it can’t you must choose the second option!!!  

It is the responsibility of the government to arrange special schools and training institutes for these people. There are various latest technologies which are helpful in the proper and easy learning of disabled children. They can play a part in the development of a society if they are provided with proper means of implementing their talents and abilities.



Shamim Shahi
Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad




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