By Tasneem (Founder of Disabled Muslim Matrimony)
Across the globe, stigma, prejudice and stereotypes contribute to the exclusion and discrimination which many disabled Muslims face in their everyday lives. Sadly, many people still see disability as something to be ridiculed or something to be ashamed of. Cultural misconceptions and incorrect interpretations of religion can often result in discrimination and stigma against disabled individuals.
There are multiple misconceptions regarding the abilities and nature of those with disabilities. This includes the assumption that they are unable to have a normal relationship, or unable to contribute to society which all leads to discrimination, stigma and abuse. This further impacts on how disabled Muslims are treated by others. In some instances, our fellow disabled Muslim sisters are disadvantaged greater than disabled brothers, due to the stigmas in relation to gender and disability.
Islamic teachings encourage Muslims to be caring and empathetic towards those with disabilities and provide support and assistance when help is required. It is crucial to integrate disabled individuals into society, as it is their God given right to be treated as equals and given the same opportunities as their fellow counterparts.
Self-advocates with disabilities can also make a huge contribution in empowering disabled Muslims, as they can serve as role models of inclusion. This can help other disabled Muslims overcome internalised ableism and stigma and can change the negative perceptions and mindset that exists in our Muslim communities.
We at Disabled Muslim Matrimony want to change the narrative and educate Muslims regarding these challenges we face today. There is no place for this demoralisation in our beautiful religion.
We at Disabled Muslim Matrimony want to change the
narrative and educate Muslims regarding these challenges we face today. There
is no place for this demoralisation in our beautiful religion. By addressing
these matters and raising awareness, together we can find ways to move forward
and rectify these issues.
We as Muslims must take accountability and responsibility for this attitude. We all have a duty to contribute to this change. We must respect our fellow disabled Muslims and encourage others to do the same, as we all will be questioned by Allah regarding this and what we did to put an end to this discrimination.
Disabled individuals have the right to be included in society, attend mosques and gatherings, and the right to marry – it’s their basic human right.
It is paramount that we draw on our faith in Allah. He is the provider of peace, resilience, and strength. We must supplicate to Him often and ask Him to help us overcome these barriers and obstacles which society has created.
Allah will always create a way out of every hardship, as He states in the Quran:
‘He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide for him from sources he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allah has set a measure for all things.’
[Surah At-Talaq 65:2-3]
Disabled Muslim Matrimony - Who we are and what we do
Allow us to help you find your lifelong partner insha’Allah, at Disabled Muslim Matrimony.
We hold events for single disabled Muslims to find their marriage partners, and we also have our online matrimonial website which allows you to connect with single Muslims around the world insha’Allah.
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We pray Allah blesses you abundantly and grants you success on your match-making journey, ameen.
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