Endorsements & Testimonial

Endorsement by Imam Hamid Slimi for CAM-D's Khutba Campaign 2011

"As-salamu Alikom wa Rahmatu Allah. My name is Dr. Hamid Slimi and I’m the current Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams. I’m asking and appealing my fellow Imams and Khateebs in North America to support this initiative to shift the attitudes of our communities toward our brothers and sisters with disabilities. On December 2nd, please dedicate your khutbas to the topic of disability. Let’s work together for a better word where our sisters and brothers with vision loss, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities like autism, physical disabilities, mental illness, all forms of disabilities and their families, have access to our mosques and Islamic centers, at our events and activities, and our programs. Let’s ensure that people with disabilities feel a sense of belonging in our Muslim communities around the world. Let’s start here. For your reference: UN theme for 2011 is “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development.” Jazakom Allahu Khairan. Wasalamu Alikom."

Endorsement by Sheikha Hissa Althani, Qatar--CAM-D's Khutba Campaign 2011

"As-salamu Alikom wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatoh, I’m Hissa Althani from Qatar. I’m former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disabilities. I’m asking our respected Imams and Khateebs around the world to support this campaign of the Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities and Muslims with Disabilities International. We have an obligation to shift the attitudes of our communities toward our brothers and sisters with disabilities. On December 2nd, please dedicate your khutbas to the topic of rights of people with disabilities. Let’s work together for a better word where our sisters and brothers with vision loss, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities like autism, physical disabilities, psychosocial disabilities, all forms of disabilities, and their families have access to our mosques, and centers and our events and activities. Let’s ensure that people with disabilities feel a sense of belonging in our Muslim communities around the world. Thank you!"

Endorsement by Imam Zaid Shakir for CAM-D's Khutba Campaign 2011

"Bismillahi Arrahmani Arraheem, Alhamdulillahi Rabi Ala’alameen, This is Imam Zaid Shakir here in Sunny California reaching out to all my brothers and sisters in Greater Toronto Area to encourage you to support the upcoming program of CAM-D (Canadian Muslims with various disabilities) Our support is critical brothers and sisters to help all members of our communities to have access, to have education, to have opportunities that many are being denied now because the resources do not exist. Our community possesses the necessary resources but we sometimes don’t have the necessary consciousness. So this program is designed to raise consciousness and resources. Support the program it won’t happen without your support. Our prophet mentioned, salla Allahu alihi wa sallam,” La you’mino ahadokom hatta youhibba li akhehi ma youhibo lenafsih” No one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother/sister or her brother/sister, what he loves for himself. Brothers and sisters we should all love for all of our community to be enabled and not a single member of our community to be disabled because of our neglect and our insensitivity. Let’s get involved, CAM-D. Be there. As-salamu Alikom wa Rahmatu Allahi Wa Barakatuh"

Dawud Wharnsby

"When we look to the Qur'an and examine the histories of past prophets, we see individuals chosen by The Creator to lead, guide and inspire - not only the people they lived among, but also to us in our time. One common factor we see from the examples of their lives is how - as humans - they often perceived their own weaknesses over their own potential. They saw themselves as "disabled" when The Creator saw them as "more than able" to carry out their prescribed tasks.

Moses was insecure of his "inability" to speak clearly when commanded by The Creator to seek the release of the Israelites from bondage. Muhammad was commanded to "read" and, being unlettered, did not initially see himself as "able" to complete the task of reciting the Qur'an. Abraham was insecure of his "inability" to fully comprehend the greatness of The Creator and warrant being a prophet to his people.

Moses' brother, Aaron, became his linguistic assistant... the help of scribes and the tool of memorization assisted Muhammad with the preservation of The Holy Qur'an... and a uniquely divine visual aid/example helped to educate Abraham in matters of faith, granting him the honour of being known as "The Friend of God".

Therefore - it is not our physical "abilities" or "disabilities" that measure our success in living as servants to God and helpers to mankind. Rather, it is the spiritual passion we exercise that determines our success in living up to the God given potential we hold.

We must not allow our assistive devices and alternative methods of communication or learning define who we are, "disabling" us from sharing the best of the talents we have with our communities.

Together, working with and supporting an organization like CAMD, we can foster a community where we may all work and live up to our spiritual, physical and educational potential - regardless of the challenges we may experience with our perceived or hidden disabilities."

Shahina Siddiqui - President Islamic Social Services Association Inc.

"This is to express my gratitude and support to The Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities, CAMD for their project "Towards an Inclusive Ummah - Muslims with disabilities speak out". This project has shown courage and imitative in an area that has been given very little attention. Muslim families who are living with challenges of raising children with special needs and adults with disabilities face challenges that the larger Muslim community is unaware of. Leaving these brothers and sisters without community support and a social net work that is both spiritually and culturally compatible.

As Muslim leaders it is imperative that we show by example that these special members of our community are welcome and appreciated. This can be done by accommodating their special needs there by encouraging their participation and by incorporating recommendations made by this project. This is the least we can do."


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