Section Tow The Dealings of the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with the Disabled
Allah fashioned the creation, and differentiated between them in their bodies, colors, and their various capabilities, just as He has differentiated between them in their appearances and looks.
Some people have been tested by being deprived of some bodily blessings that Allah has given others. Among the many examples are those who have been tested with loss of eyesight, hearing, or the ability to move some part of the body. Someone who has lost some part of their sanity, causing them to be regarded below the level that one would be considered ‘normal,’ could also be given as an example.
No society is free from individuals with disabilities who have been tested to a lesser degree. For example, someone who has lost one eye is less tested than someone who has lost both; and someone who is crippled has been tested to a lesser degree than someone who is paralyzed. In these cases, those that have been tested with a lesser degree of disability should take a lesson from those who have been tested to a higher degree, and the one who is healthy should take all the different people on the spectrum as an example.
Allah has blessed everyone with innumerable blessings, so to Allah is the praise in every situation. Allah Says (what means):
«And if you should count the favor [i.e. blessings] of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.»
Allah compensates disabled individuals by granting them blessings in the form of other things. For example, you would find that a blind indi-vidual has most likely been given blessings such as superior intelligence,precise memory, and sharp hearing.
Some ignorant people might say, “What is the purpose behind caring fort he disabled, treating them well and spending on them?”
The people who subscribe to this mentality are those who do not adhere to what Allah Commanded, nor do they hope for what Allah The Almighty possesses. Actually, this way of thinking is that of someone who is very far from the true meaning of humanity.
As for those who truly believe in Allah and the Last Day, they know that the presence of disabled individuals among us contains great wisdom, as well as a benefit for the one being tested and a reminder for the one who has not been tested.
The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, had many dealings with those whom Allah The Almighty had tested with disabilities and chronic sicknesses, and he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, had set the best example in the manner he dealt with this class of the community