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04: [#MuslimFreeStyle] Let’s Talk About Autism

04: [#MuslimFreeStyle] Let’s Talk About Autism

April is __________ Awareness month.

Can you guess?

Ok, let’s talk about Autism.

Disability of any form – physical, psychological, mental – is an important social issue. Ultimately, we need to value and respect all humans and celebrate their unique potentials in whatever form they show themselves.

Sadly, people with disabilities often get stereotyped and suffer many forms of prejudices and difficulties in their lives. Their families and loved ones are not left out too.

A blind Muezzin

What do you think of Prophet Muhammad (saw) who appointed Abdullah ibn umm Maktum (a blind man) to be one of the muezzins (caller to prayers)?

He was among the first to accept Islam and was greatly committed to Islam and the Prophet (saw). He enjoyed other important roles conferred on him by Rasul Allah (saw) who saw beyond his disability.

From across the globe, individual and groups are actively raising awareness about Autism this month. April marks the Autism Awareness month. It is an opportunity to educate and enlighten people all around.

For many families, loved ones, educators, health and social workers, it is very much a way of life. While for the rest, it could easily be a new phenomenon or something greatly misunderstood.

Autism awareness is everyday

Umm Juwayriyah, who along with her oldest daughter Juwayriyah wrote a children’s book about autism; Hind’s Hands – A Story About Autism, says ”Autism Awareness IS everyday” for parents, siblings and families of the Autistic.

She gave a very resounding advice, never to say ‘HAPPY AUTISM Awareness Month’. Read her action points on what you should do instead.

Jummai Muhammad, founder of The Farid centre in Minna, Nigeria is holding a Walk4Autism in April  to increase awareness especially during this month. Her centre is concerned with the care, intervention, advocacy and rehabilitation of children with special needs.

She works in partnership with parents and caregivers to improve the quality of lives for special needs children and their families.

Poster on Let's talk about Autism post on Youthlyhub.com

What is your own experience, if any, with autistic people?

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  • Do you know any autistic persons?
  • What form of advocacy can you recommend for them?
  • Do you know anything about their plight and special conditions?
  • What ONE thing can you do/ start to help spread the awareness beyond this month?

It is time to FreeStyle It.

Share your views in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. It’s so important to talk about these topics and spread awareness. It’s true – for parents with autistic kids, every single day is a reminder.

  2. I know quite a few Autistic people. It’s just so much more common now so awareness for it is so important.

  3. I am happy when i see the ummah come together for something. Everyone doing what they can with what they have. I wish we could do it more often. Like @Farah said and come together for everything.

  4. Awareness is key to everything. Thank you for this reminder.

  5. I came to know about Autism few years back when I was watching a documentary on bbc…this post will be very helpful to the people to get aware of this autism…

  6. This topic is very close to my heart. I have a family member who is Autistic and a friend that has an Autistic child, as well as family friends that have children with special needs. So this “special needs” is always something that I was aware of.
    My advice is that people with Autism are very much like us, no human is the same and thinks the same way, the way we think and receive information is all different. And they are just that. My family member that has Autism may be a little bit slower to understand things. But is excellent in Maths which I would find difficult to understand.

  7. “Causes” sometimes make me cringe about how one special day or month is allocated to take certain things seriously and then forget about it the rest of the time. I personally think it starts with something as simple as birthday celebrations where you are celebrated for one day. The rest on the road comes, like Valentine’s day… Father’s Day… or Mother’s Day… forgetting that love isn’t ultimately expressed on just one special day, even Anniversaries. Alhamdulillah for Islam, making it clear that every day is for LOVE and passion in everything you do, whatever it is you are dedicated about.

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