Living with Blindness: Lessons from the Life of Imran Sabir, is a book about “an exceptional young man. It is a tale of steadfastness in the face of adversity, discrimination and disadvantage. Imran succeeded in his struggle to find his faith and identity. His journey sets out many lessons about religion, society, communities and personal development.” It was written by Abdul Aziz Ahmed and published in 2009 by Islamic Texts for the Blind.
In the foreword of the book, American Muslim scholar Imam Zaid Shakir wrote:
Although he was afflicted with a wide array of crushing physical challenges that would rob him of his mobility, his eyesight, his speech, his teeth, and nearly his very breath, as he spent most of his life breathing through a tracheosmy tube, he could not be denied the ability to make a rich contribution to society during his short lifetime. Imran was able to overcome the challenges he faced physically, as a result of his battle with LOGIC Syndrome, by developing himself spiritually and intellectually. By so doing, he was able to tap into a deep, pure river of humanity that brought forth the character, talents, and an indomitable love of life that so deeply touched all who knew him.
In its September/October 2012 issue, the magazine Islamic Horizons published a special feature article entitled, “Promoting Inclusiveness for People with Disabilities,” written by Maggie Siddiqi. The article features stories about several American Muslims with disabilities and words of wisdom by Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna Institute.
This three-fold brochure, accessible by clicking on the link above, provides ample talking points for khutbas (sermons) and other lectures on disability in Islam. It was created by the EquallyAble Foundation, which is a sponsor of EnabledMuslim, and was endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America.
In the video above, Dr. Mohammed Ghaly, professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, describes the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his interactions with people with disabilities. The presentation was delivered at the 2013 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability Conference, an interfaith perspective on topics related to developmental disabilities, discussed by international theologians, scholars and authors.
In this video, Dr. Mohammed Ghaly, professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, describes images of people with intellectual disabilities throughout Islamic history. He delivered this presentation at the 2013 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability Conference, an interfaith perspective on topics related to developmental disabilities, discussed by international theologians, scholars and authors.