How can we warn those who want to despise handicapped people to make fun of them and to offend them by using some phrases like a “manufacturing defect”?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

To regard and describe HUNCHED, lame, deaf, dumb, blind, mentally regarded and similar people as a “manufacturing defect” indicates a serious lack of belief.

It does not fit a believer to attribute a mistake to Allah, who created man, equipped his organs with perfect organs and ornamented him with mind, heart, spirit and thousands of feelings, and to say He “did wrong things”.

First of all, no being, no man, is and can be a “manufacturing defect”. For, Allah is the owner of the universe. He creates whomever He wishes in any way He wishes. He predestinates things. He owns the decree. If He wishes, He creates; if He wishes, He does not create. If He wishes, He gives; if He wishes, He takes; If He wishes, He does not give at all. Who can dictate anything to Him?

Even the prophets cannot do anything. They show consent to whatever happens to them. The Prophet Yaqub (Jacob) was blind for a long time. The Prophet Moses (Moses) lisped when he spoke. The Prophet Ayyub (Job) suffered from a severe illness for many years. Almost all prophets were exposed to various tortures and hardships. 

The following is stated in the Quran:

“Thy Lord does create and choose as He pleases: no choice have they (in the matter)...” (al-Qasas, 28/68)

“He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases...” (Aal-i Imran, 3/6)

Another important aspect of the issue is that Allah does not wrong or oppress any of His slaves. The following is stated in the Quran:

“Allah is never unjust in the least degree: If there is any good (done), He doubleth it, and giveth from His own presence a great reward.” (an-Nisa, 4/40)

We see that one of the organs of a handicapped person is disabled but the other organs generally have a more advanced quality.

For instance, we see that the memory of a blind person is more developed than others and that a person who cannot walk has more skilled hands or mental abilities.

As for mentally disabled people, those people may seem to be downtrodden in this world but when the issue is viewed in terms of belief, there are different aspects.

First of all, those people are not held responsible by Allah; they have no religious responsibilities. They are not held responsible for Allah’s orders and prohibitions. Therefore, their eternal life, their hereafter is bright even though their world seems to be blackened.

They are protected from Hell because they are not guilty in the eye of Allah and have no sins; they will not be punished in Hell. Allah Almighty will please them in some way. As it is reported in the verse, there is “from His own presence a great reward”.

Besides, this worldly life is full of blessings and troubles, joys and hardships. Everyone faces serious tests. Many people fail the test; they blacken their world and lose their hereafter.

According to the rule “reward is necessary for a disaster victim”, if a person is mentally handicapped from birth or after birth, he is not held responsible;  he deserves the Divine reward in advance; however, if he has physical disability, he will be rewarded based on belief and deeds if he shows patience, thanks Allah, obeys Him and does not complain.

For, Allah states the following:

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” (al-Baqara, 2/155)

On the other hand, the real handicapped people are those who are deprived of belief. The real blind and disabled people are those who do not see the truth and reality and who are deprived of the Quran and the message of the Prophet.

The Quran attracts our attention with the following statements when it mentions the blindness of belief:

“But those who were blind in this world, will be blind in the hereafter, and most astray from the Path.” (al-Isra, 17/72)

“He will say: ‘O my Lord! why hast Thou raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)?’ Allah) will say: ‘Thus didst Thou, when Our Signs came unto thee, disregard them: so wilt thou, this day, be disregarded.’” (Taha, 20/125-126)

On the other hand, what did those whose bodies are healthy, whose minds are normal and whose postures are all right do, what efforts did they make so as not to be “manufacturing defects” and to have such sound bodies and spiritual structures?

Did they make any preference to come to this world as human beings? For, a person could have been soil, a stone, a tree and an insect before coming to the realm of existence. However, we were created as human beings with the blessing of Allah despite the existence of all those alternatives.

We do not have the smallest contribution to and effect on the health and well-being of our organs, the sight of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, the functioning of our brains, and the existence of our vital functions.

Man should always be grateful at every opportunity for it; he should realize that he is leading his life with thousands of blessings, should become conscious of his servitude and should increase his closeness to Allah.

He should not try to disobey Allah by overstepping the limits as if he is questioning Allah while evaluating the incidents that he has no contribution or intervention; he should not make such a mistake. 

Allah does not owe anything to us; we do not deserve anything. Nothing has been removed from us. Everything has been given to us as a grace and blessing, without any return. The following is stated in the Quran:

“…But if ye count the favors of Allah, never will ye be able to number them...” (Ibrahim, 14/34)

A thumb may seem simple compared to the eye, ear, foot and brain but nobody will say, “It is only a thumb and it is not important.”

Nobody can say “I have been wronged” for something that Allah has not given. For, anything that Allah gives man is a grace and grant. Even the existence of a person is a blessing itself.

It is a blessing for a person to have two eyes; is it not a blessing for a person to have one eye from this point of view?

It is a blessing for a person to have two legs; is it not a blessing for a person to have one leg?

Whatever Allah has given to a slave is His grace, grant and gift. It is insignificant for a slave to oppose, reject and rebel. For, nothing has been taken from him. Everything belongs to Allah. If he wishes, He gives; if He wishes, He does not give.

In the light of those explanations, if a person says a “manufacturing defect” for a handicapped person deliberately and knowing its real meaning, he is regarded to have opposed to the predestination of Allah, His wisdom of creation and has committed a major sin.   

However, if he has uttered that word without thinking and if he is warned, he should correct his mistake by repenting.

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