Friday, December 4, 2020
According to our sacred religion of Islam, what makes the human valuable and important is how he or she looks to the human, life and the created. Because the human does not possess the chance to choose his or her race, color, geography and physical appearance. Therefore, disability that is caused by various reasons such as genetic causes, diseases, environmental factors, natural disasters, wars and accidents and mostly on the contrary to the person’s will does never decrease the value of such person. As a matter of fact that our great Lord, the Almighty Allah (swt) has declared in the 13th verse of Al Hujurat that the most fundamental measure of value for the human is “taqwa”. Taqwa describes the deep loyalty of the servant to his Lord, his sensitivity to his environment and his sense of responsibility. The aspect of taqwa that reflects upon the humanly relations and the life itself is to wish goodness to other people and to make efforts for such wish. It is to value the human just because he or she is a human.
In this respect, the fact that every person should treat people who have disabilities with sensitivity and such sense of responsibility by considering that every person can be disabled at any moment is the most fundamental feature of being a human. It should be noted by all of the people that the fundamental measure of the ethics, virtue, kindness and civilization at the levels of individual and social in a place is how people who live there treat the people who are weak, orphan, unprotected, elder and disabled and the environment. And such look should be present as a permanent awareness at every stage and moment of the life which is not limited to just a day or a week.
In this context, we should give the credit where it’s due that when they are given a chance and an opportunity, our brothers and sisters who have disabilities accomplish such successful works and contribute to the social life significantly. Our history of civilization is full of such beautiful examples regarding the matter. In this respect, we know that several Companions who had disabilities and was honored by the good interest of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) shouldered such state duties in accordance with their talents and abilities. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) always valued them and heralded those who were making efforts to hold on to life with patience and commitment despite of their disabilities with several awards and wonders before the Almighty Allah (swt).
Therefore, the duty that falls upon us is to prepare a ground where our brothers and sisters who have disabilities can make a place for themselves within the social and public life. It is to try to understand the difficulties that they are constantly experiencing by empathizing with them. On the other hand, it is to behave consciously, sensitive and responsible against the wars, natural disasters, accidents, negligence and recklessness that cause disability. I think that every one of us has a thing to do on this matter and believe that our future shall be more beautiful when we act with such objective and commitment.
On this occasion, here I wish for all of our brothers and sisters who have disabilities a life that is full of happiness and peace and here I express that we as the Presidency of Religious Affairs are here for and side by side them with all of our staff at any moment and finally, here I present my deepest greetings and compassion to them.
Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ
The President of Religious Affairs