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Islamic Etiquette on Disability

In much of the Muslim world, it is often taboo to discuss or recognize disabilities and physical impairments, which has drastically limited the opportunities and accessibilities available to persons with disabilities. Despite this reality, the Islamic religious tradition, from both the Qur'an and the Sunnah, recognizes and addresses disability and urges all Muslims to act with kindness, empathy, and respect when addressing this facet of human diversity. As Khansa Maria (GU-Q '21) once said, disability is simply "another example of human diversity which we can celebrate and respect". It is with this spirit that the GU-Q Amal club presents our very first event of the academic year titled: "The Islamic Etiquette on Disability" presented by Sheikh Tariq Musleh, with additional contributions from Khansa Maria, and Sherief Elgendi (GU-Q '16). We will delve into the approach towards disability and inclusivity which is deeply entrenched in the Islamic tradition as a stepping-stone to encourage active advocacy for and with all people with disabilities.

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