A Muslim Child and no Less
By Grandma Jeddah
Without doubt, educating our young ones is an important part of our religion. For many, the most admired and respected academic skill to teach our children is reading. But what about the child who is dyslexic? What about the child that has a severe learning disability? What about the child that will never be able to read beyond fourth grade because he has a cognitive disability?
For these children, we must first acknowledge that not all children are the same. Some excel in social skills, others in academics, and then others in creativity. We must remember to be sensitive to those of our children who are square pegs in a round environment. For some of us, certain of our children will not be able to earn higher-level degrees. And that is OK.
We must find other areas of interest and ability to build their self worth. As parents, this is our responsibility. Children with lower capacities to achieve academically are especially in need of nurturing, kindness, and direction in life.
Hadith and Quran frequently refer to lowering our wing for those who are less capable in society: orphans, widows, the poor.
Make a special effort today to let your square child know that you love him or her and are proud of them because they are who they are—your Muslim child.