In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Ramadan Kareem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Saturday, 30 August 2008

SMILE: Supporting Muslims: Integration. Learning. Equity.

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Forgive me when I whine - Zain Bikha

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu



Today, upon a bus I saw a girl with golden hair,
And in my heart I wished that I was just as fair
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile.
Oh Allah, Oh Allah, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 legs to walk upon and the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy; met a boy who had such charm.
We talked, he seemed so happy, if I were late, it do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me, 'Thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you. You see,' he said, 'I'm blind.'
Oh Allah, Oh Allah, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 eyes to see the world and the world is mine.

Later that day on my way, I saw a boy with eyes of blue.
He watched the other children play; he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment, then I said, 'Why don't you join the others, dear?'
He kept on looking straight ahead and then I knew he could not hear
Oh Allah, Oh Allah, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 ears to hear the world and world is mine.

With legs to take me where I'd go.
With eyes to see the sunset glow.
With ears to hear what I'd know
Oh the world is mine

I stopped for a moment, just look how much I have
Everywhere, in all our lives, these are His signs

Oh Allah, Oh Allah, forgive me when I whine.
I have been blessed indeed, and the world is mine
Oh Allah, Oh Allah, forgive me when I whine.
I have been blessed indeed, and the world is mine


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Thursday, 28 August 2008

The Prophet's Care for People with Special Needs (Part Two)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Muhammad Mus`ad Yaqut


Forgiving the Fool and the Ignorant

The beloved Prophet's (peace be upon him) mercy toward those with special needs, his forgiveness to the ignorant and his forbearance toward the fool did most evidently emerge in the battle of Uhud (Shawwal AH 3/ April 624 CE). It is reported that when the Prophet (peace be upon him) headed along with his army toward Uhud, intending to pass by a farm owned by a blind hypocrite, the latter insulted the Prophet (peace be upon him). The blind man picked a handful of dust and insolently said to the Prophet, "By Allah, if I am certain that none but you will be affected by it, I will definitely throw it at you." The Companions of the Prophet were about to retaliate against that blind person, but the Prophet forbade them, saying, "Leave him alone"1.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not capitalize on the fact that the blind man was weak; he did not order that he be killed or even harmed, though the Muslim army was on its way to battle and the situation was critical and their nerves were tense. Despite this, when the blind man stood in the army's way and said what he said and did what he did, Allah's Messenger refused but to forgive and pardon him, as it is not becoming of Muslim fighters, let alone the Prophet, to attack or harm those who are handicapped and disabled. It was his approach to behave kindly toward them, take a lesson from their condition, and supplicate Allah to cure them.

Consoling Them

It is reported on the authority of `A'ishah,

"I heard Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) say, 'Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, revealed to me that whosoever takes a route of seeking knowledge, the route to Paradise will be made easy for him, and that I (Allah) will reward the one whose two dear things (that's his eyes) were taken away from him with Paradise"2.

The Prophet (peace be upon him), addressing all who have illnesses and disabilities, said,

"No Muslim is pricked with a thorn, or anything larger than that, except that a good deed will be recorded for him and a sin will be erased as a reward for that"3.

There exists in these Prophetic texts and Divine Sayings comfort and glad tidings for everyone with a certain disability; if they exhibit patience at their adversity, being content with the trial Allah has afflicted them with, anticipating the reward from Allah alone for their disability, Allah will recompense them with Paradise.

`Amr ibn Al-Gamouh was a lame man. However he insisted on participating with the Muslims in the battle of Uhud where he was martyred. The prophet passed by his body and said, "As though I could see you walking with this leg of yours, being heard, in Paradise" 4.

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah left Ibn Umm Maktoum twice as his successor in Madinah to lead the prayer, though he was blind.

And it is reported on the authority of `A'ishah that Ibn Umm Maktoum was appointed to call the prayer by Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) though he was blind.

It is narrated via Sa`id ibn Al-Mosayyab that when Muslims would go on their expeditions, they used to leave those among them who were chronically ill, submit the keys of their doors to them, saying, "We have made it lawful for you to partake of our houses' food".

Thus was the Prophet's (peace be upon him) society, a society that was marked by mutual support, cooperation, and unity in consoling, honoring, and respecting those with special needs. For all of this, the course of the merciful Prophet (peace be upon him) was the role model in dealing with those who have special needs.

Visiting Them

Visiting the sick in general, and the disabled in particular, was legislated by Islam for the purpose of relieving their suffering. A disabled person, compared to a sound one, is closer to withdrawal, isolation, a pessimistic view, and psychological illness. So, neglecting the disabled in social occasions, such as visits and marriage, is wrong.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to visit the sick, pray for them and console them, instilling confidence in their souls and covering their hearts and faces with happiness and joy. He could once go to someone in the outskirts of Madinah particularly to answer a simple need of his or hers or to pray in the house of an afflicted one, as granting of his or her request.

Praying for Them

The mercy of the Prophet of Islam toward people with special needs was manifested as well when he commanded people to pray for them as a way to encourage them to endure afflictions. He desired to create a strong will and build resolve in their souls.

A woman, who would usually have epileptic fits, came to the Prophet and said, "I do have epileptic fits that, as a result, cause parts of my body to be revealed. So, pray to Allah for me."To this came the reply of the Prophet, "If you will, be patient and Paradise will be your reward. And if you will, I shall supplicate Allah to cure you."She said, "I choose patience." Then she said, "But parts of my body to be revealed, so pray to Allah that this will not happen." And the Prophet prayed for her5.

Footnotes

1. Reported by Ibn Kathir

2. ( Reported by Al-Baihaqi and authenticated by Al-Albani)

3. ( Reported by Bukhari and Muslim).

4. (Authenticated by Al-Albani).

5. (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)


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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

The Prophet's Care for People with Special Needs (Part One)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Muhammad Mus`ad Yaqut
(Muhammad Mus`ad Yaqut is an Egyptian preacher and researcher. He prepares and presents programs on the Egyptian TV and other Arab satellite channels. He is a member of the Afro-Asian Writers' Association.)


The civilized world has recently paid attention to people with special needs. This started after it had cast aside corrupt, racist theories calling for neglecting them on the false grounds that people with special needs are not of any benefit to the society. A report issued by the United Nations International Labor Organization in 2000 estimated the number of those with special needs to be more than 610 million, out of which 400 million live in developing countries. According to the World Bank's statistics, this category represents 15 percent of the world's population.

In Early Societies

A cursory look at the history of past societies shows the blatant neglect and persecution of people with special needs that culminated in killing disabled babies in some old European societies. Superstitious beliefs were responsible for this setback. For example, it was believed that people suffering from intellectual disabilities were possessed by devils and evil spirits. Even philosophers and scholars held such ideas. The laws of the legendary lawgiver of Sparta, Lycurgus, and the Athenian philosopher and lawmaker Solon allowed getting rid of those who had disabilities that made them unable to work or engage in war. Moreover, the renowned philosopher Plato came and declared that those who have special needs are a malicious category constituting a burden on the society and a damaging factor to his Republic. Likewise, English philosopher Herbert Spenser (1820-1903) called on the society to deny those with special needs any kind of help, claiming that this category constitutes a useless, heavy burden for a society to carry.

Whereas, the pre-Islamic Arabs — though they used to kill their female babies for fear of possible disgrace — were less hardhearted and more compassionate toward those afflicted with adversities and the chronically ill. They, however, abstained from sharing food or sitting at a meal with those who had special needs.

When the world was floundering between theories that called for the execution of the mentally disabled and other theories that called for employing them in drudgery, the East and the West, at long last, rightly arrived at the idea of the perfect care for people with special needs. That being the case, we, on the other hand, do see how our Messenger, the educator and teacher, (peace be upon him) was so merciful toward this type of people.

The Prophet and People with Special Needs

It is narrated that a woman, somewhat mentally defected, said, "O Messenger of Allah! I have a need that I want you to meet. He responded, "O mother of so and so, choose the way you like to walk in so that I may know your need and meet it." He walked with her in some route until she had her need fulfilled1.

This is, of course, a proof of his forbearance, humility, and patience in answering the needs of those with special needs. It, also, serves a legal proof that a ruler is obligated to care for people with special needs, socially, economically, and psychologically, and that the ruler should fulfill their needs and grant their requests.

The forms of such care include, but are not restricted to the following:

· Medication and regular check-up

· Proper education and training

· Assigning some workers to take care of them

Following this merciful Prophetic course, `Umar ibn `Abdul-`Aziz (one of the Umayyad Caliphates) asked rulers of the provinces to send him the names of all those blind, crippled, or with a chronic illness that prevented them from establishing prayer. So they sent him their names. He, in turn, ordered that every blind man should have an employee to guide and look after him, and that every two chronically ill persons — those with special needs — be attended by a servant to serve and care for them.2

The same course was taken by Umayyad caliph Al-Waleed ibn `Abdul-Malik The idea of the establishment of institutes or centers for the care of people with special needs was his. In AH 88 (707 CE), he ordered the establishment of a foundation specialized in looking after them. Doctors and servants, paid fixed stipends, were employed in this foundation. He granted a regular allowance to persons with special needs, and told them, "Do not beg people." Thereby, he made them sufficient enough to not beg others. In addition, he appointed employees to serve all those who were disabled, crippled, or blind3.

Honoring Them and Meeting Their Needs

It happened in a well-known incident that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) frowned at the face of a blind man, `Abdullah ibn Umm Maktoum when he came to ask the Prophet (peace be upon him) about a legal matter. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was sitting at that time with a group of noble and high-placed people attempting to win them over toward Islam. Although the blind man did not see nor perceive his frowning face, yet God blamed His Messenger for doing this, saying what means in the Qur'an,

"He frowned and turned away, that the blind man came to him. And what makes you realize whether he would possibly (try) to purify himself? Or that he would constantly remember, and the Reminding would profit him?") (Qur’an 80:1-4).

Afterwards, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to meet that blind man with a welcoming and smiling face, saying to him, "Welcome to a man for whom my Lord has blamed me!"4.

Footnotes

1. Narrated by Muslim

2. Ibn Al-Jawzi.

3. Ibn Kathir, At-Tabari

4. (Al-Qurtubi).


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Saturday, 23 August 2008

The Official Opening of Conductive Education Centre Building

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Yesterday Muja, her father and me went to the Opening of Conductive Education Centre of Western Australia Buildings at Carson Street School by Senator Mark Bishop. I am so overwhelm because I have been waiting for this official opening since term 2. This importance to celebrate CE service is finally here in Perth, WA.

There has been a lot of ups and downs in CE here in Perth. At the beginning of this year the program for School for parents has to stop because a lack of conductor. But I was allowed to attended the session while my child attend the kindy of CE. The SfP began in Term 2. I am so proud to be part of my child learning experiences. To see with my own eyes my child making progress is priceless. I have lots of tears of happiness seeing the opportunities given to my child and I had learn a lot too.

Then there was an issue of running out of fund for the children up to four years of age. Alhamdulillah, parents at this school joint together in the community of School for Parents wrote letters to the Primear and Minister of Education for ongoing support of CE. It was also stated in the respond letter that I received from the Minister for Education that
The issue of on-going funding for the program for children up to the age of four years will be considered by the Department of Education and Training for the 2009/2010 financial year.

The good news is the school is getting 2 more Conductors even though it needs 2 more to run all the programmes. I am sure with the Minister of Education reassurance to identify qualified Conductor will help to find the suitable Conductors.

Friday, 22 August 2008

The future of Conductive Education at Carson Street School

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

I was worried about the future of Conductive Education (CE) for my daughter in Carson Street School because funding is running out. Janet, the President for School for Parents have written some letters as templates to tell the Government how CE has improved the lives of our children and how we want it to continue and grow.

Few weeks ago I send in the letter to the Premier and to the Minister for Education. I am so glad the Minister of Education respond my letter and stated that

As you point out, families are very keen for the Conductive Education program to continue to be available when their children transition to kindergarten and pre-primary. The Department's Enrolment policy allows these children to continue at Carson Street School and teachers at the school are committed to providing an appropriate education program. However, I cannot always guarantee the availability of trained teacher/conductors who are usually sourced from the United Kingdom.

The Department's recruitment officers will work with Mr John Exeter, Principle of Carson Street School, to identify suitably qualified staff who wish to teach in Western Australia.


Alhamdulillah. I can see the future of Conductive Education for my child until Year 12.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

My community helps to purchase a van

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Alhamdulillah, I have found the suitable and reliable van for my family, although it is not wheelchair accessible. Finding a van with accessible wheelchair is impossible in Perth. So I have to separately buy the van then install the wheelchair access later.

Here is the story of how I got it...

I am just an ordinary Australian migrant family who is struggling in my everyday basic expenditure. On top of that as a Muslim borrowing money is not as easy as other non-Muslim who could easily go to the bank because interest is prohibited in Islam.

I wrote an email to my Muslims community who could offer me loan with no interest. One afternoon I received a phone call from my dear sister in Islam that there is someone who is willing to give me the loan. But according to my ability to pay back the loan, she is not willing to give me, because she need the money pretty soon.

But then my sister called me again with a good new that sisters and brothers in my community has made pledge to help us to get the van. She promised me to get back to me with the money in few days. I was speechless. Allahu Akbar. Indeed Allah is the Greatest. It is He who provided to us without any limit. He is The Provider.

Meanwhile another brother and sister also offer me the loan with what I can afford to pay in two years time. I thank their offer but then I have received enough fund for me to purchase a van.

Alhamdulillah, I praise Allah for sending us people with generous and kind hearts who is willing to help us even though I don't know them personally.

Alhamdulillah with the help of my community my intention to have a loan on zero interest has been rewarded with generous gift from them that allowing me to buy the van. May Allah bless them all, their family and their wealth. May Allah also reward them all with goodness.

Now I am working on how to fund an accessible wheelchair for my van.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Hard situations supplication by Mishary Alafasy

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Hard situations supplication by Mishary Alafasy



Allahumma laa sahla 'illa ma ja'altahu sahlan wa 'Anta taj'alul-hazna 'ithaa shi'ta sahlan.

Oh Allah, there is no ease other than what YOU make easy. If you please You ease sorrow.
Ameen.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Alternative medicine for tonsils and sleep apnea

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

I took Muja to see a naturopath at Natureco Health Centre in St James. I don't know how long it will take until we can get to the CPAP treatment, so I thought I should do alternative medicine while waiting.

I told her that my concern is Muja tonsils which block her airways passage during sleeping which is called sleep apnea. I am also worried about her digestive system especially her bowel movement. After a long discussion about over all Muja well being the naturopath prescribed her with Homeopathic Throat, Metagenics Flora Care for Kids Probiotic, Bioceuticals Intestamine and Metegenics Zinc drink.

Guest how much I spend for this? A week of my groceries! I believe that with Allah's permission alternative medicine can cure but sometime I question why it is so expensive to live naturally?

Alhamdulillah, I have already see some improvement on Muja. Her breathing is better and less wake up during sleeping. She is a lot happier than before and more alert.

When I bath her last night I was surprised she tolerate the tooth brush I put in her mouth. Alhamdulillah. Usually she would fight and ended with a vomit.

More update later.

Have a nice day, Insha Allah!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week 2008

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

It was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week 2008, last week and I completely forgot about it due to the engagement of my everyday affair. I hope it is never too late to create the awareness for my reader.

So here is the link of the post that I had created last year on how it's like living with a child with a cerebral palsy. Hope you enjoy the reading and learn about Cerebral Palsy at the same time through my life experience.

For more information you can use the search button in this blog or you can always email me if you have any question.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

ENT advised on removal of the tonsils

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Muja and me went to Princess Margerate Hospital for children (PMH) yesterday for her ENT appointment at Outpatients Clinic. Alhamdulillah we didn't have to wait for long. First she was called for a hearing test which is held in a special sound proof room. She did well and made some response when she heard the sounds. Her head sometime turn to where the sound came from but sometime she turn on the opposite side.

After finishing with the test we waited until the ENT doctor called us in. It was also a short wait. When we entered he welcomed us with a warm welcome. He checked her throat and ears. He mentioned about how huge is Muja tonsils. The doctor advised that there will be two benefits of removing it. One to improve the airway passage and the other helping to swallow the food. There are complicated results of the surgical removing of the tonsils. It's removal decreases the power of the immune system.

Instead of removing the tonsils, I would rather do continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as it is a safer option. It is also the treatment of choice for sleep disorders. On the other hand there are also disadvantages of the CPAP mask include uncomfortable mask and excess sweating.

This appointment was actually a refer back from Respiratiry Department from a sleep study where Muja did a few months ago. Although I have been clear that we are not going to do the surgery, the doctor from Respiratory Department refer us back to ENT to get his advise on removing the tonsils. I am still with my decision to go with the CPAP mask and see what happens from there.

So from now, the ENT will refer us back to Respiratory Department to go for CPAP treatment.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Thank you for your support

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

I would like to express my appreciation to Paces on his recent post on Accessible vehicle needed in Perth Australia

Alhamdulillah, I am so grateful having someone like him, who would like to support people like us, family with a disabled child doing conductive education. I am sure there are many more like him out there, I have been meeting especially since I encounter with my own child diagnosed for Cerebral Palsy.

I believe the disabled have their right on us which we have to fulfill not a sympathy.

Again, I thank him for his supports and positive feedback on my previous post about Finding an accessible wheelchair van.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Cerebral palsy costs $2.4b a year: study

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Source : The West

6th August 2008, 14:21 WST

The crippling condition cerebral palsy costs Australia $2.4 billion a year in health care, lost productivity and premature death, a new report shows.

An Access Economics report commissioned by Cerebral Palsy Australia has estimated there are 33,800 Australians living with cerebral palsy, a life-long condition that affects muscle control.

The report puts the financial cost of the disease at $1.47 billion, about $43,500 for each patient, and third of which the individual sufferer must foot themselves.

The total cost climbs to $2.4 billion when the value of lost wellbeing, like disability and premature death, is added to the bill.

"The analysis underscores the need for strategies in Australia to address cerebral palsy and its impacts, including research, better diagnosis and early intervention," said Access Economics director Lynne Pezzullo.

Ms Pezzullo said employment initiatives, policies to assist carers, appropriate accommodation options and financing reforms were other key issues for area.

Diana Heggie, of Cerebral Palsy Australia, said the research crystallised a number of key challenges facing the sector.

"From day to day, employment is our number one challenge," Ms Heggie said.

"Appropriate employment opportunities that provide the flexibility our clients need are critical to the independence of our clients, which improves quality of life."

She said the industry was also challenged by the task of attracting and retaining staff in carer roles, which have traditionally offered poor recognition and remuneration.

"The sector also faces accommodation challenges for people with disabilities," Ms Heggie said.

"As the population continues to age, adults with disabilities who have been cared for their entire lives by their parents will need alternative accommodation as their parents leave the family home requiring care for themselves."

The report was launched on Wednesday by federal parliamentary secretary for disabilities and children's services Bill Shorten, who said "this government is very much committed to looking for ways to ease the burden and improve the quality of life of our most marginalised members of society".
AAP

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Saturday, 2 August 2008

All praises and thanks be to Allah

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu



All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who (Alone) created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light, yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord.

( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #1)