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Welcome (and Happy New Year)!

Hello and welcome to The Disabled Muslim blog! I’m so happy you’re here.

This is the first of many posts I hope to make about my experiences being a disabled Muslim. My disability and my faith are very important parts of my identity, yet I have never found a place where I felt they were simultaneously represented. In religious communities, I have met many Muslims, but very few with disabilities. In disability communities, I have met many people with disabilities, but no Muslims. So, I decided to create that place here, in a tiny corner of the Internet. This by no means excludes able-bodied people or non-Muslims; I want anyone who comes across my blog to feel like they have a place they belong here.

So who am I? My name is Zahraa, and I’m 20 years old. I have cerebral palsy, and I am also a practicing Muslim. I am currently in the third year of my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and I am very close to getting my minor in English Language and Literature. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

I think that’s a good enough introduction for now! I’m going to try my best to post bi-weekly, so you can expect another post from me in two weeks. If you have a question, or a topic you’d like me to address in a future post, please leave me a comment! You can also email me at bloggerzn@gmail.com if you’re more comfortable doing that. I’d love to hear from you.

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14 thoughts on “Welcome (and Happy New Year)!”

  1. Hi,
    Happy New Year! I was wondering if you could maybe do a post on what the Muslim faith says about disability? That would be quite interesting.
    Also I thought you may be interested in the work of Crip Video Productions that makes films about disability http://cripvideoproductions.com The person who makes the music for the films is Muslim(I think).

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    1. Hi M!
      I’ve got a review of a lecture that covers Islam and disability coming up in the next few weeks, and that should give you an idea of what my faith says about disability. If you’d like, you can check out the lecture here:

      . I’ll be sure to check out Crip Video Productions.

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      1. Thanks so much for checking out Crip Video Productions! I don’t see a link to the lecture. My computer may be blocking it because I just updated my operating system but I really look forward to your review/post!

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      1. Glad you appreciate it, Zahraa!

        I had not actually thought of Ms Apple in quite a while – she made a big impression on me back in 2011-12 when there was the Thinking Persons’ Guide hullabaloo.

        My own first real connection with Islam was as a young girl in the early 1990s, learning about vexillology and green flags and crescents on the various countries’ flags.

        Also reading about Jacqueline Gillepsie who had married a Malaysian Raha / Prince and who had had her children to him taken away.

        Other contemporaries of mine would read the Jean Sassoon stories/biographies. Like Princess.

        And of course there’s Disney’s Aladdin. And I did learn later about the Five Pillars and the two Eids and Mecca and its connection to Saudi.

        Another book I liked to read much more recently was the Good Daughter by Amra Pajalic.

        Yusuf I had “known” the longest since about 2004 – he designs things for mobile phones and is a truck driver and an activist/advocate for ME

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    1. Waalaikum asalam Zara! I found your blog a few months ago and have been following ever since, but I never thought you would find me. I’m happy you’re loving my blog so far, and I’m looking forward to putting out more content that you will love.

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