The exceptional characteristics some people display are quite dumbfounding really, particularly when you put yourself in their shoes. This story published in Saudi Gazette (Feb. 18, 2010) is one such.
JEDDAH -- The love between an Islamic preacher with special needs and a Holy Qur'an teacher has turned into marriage.
Abdullah had almost drowned in a swimming pool at a sports club in Jeddah. He had remained underwater for 15 minutes. This caused a great deal of damage to his brain which resulted in his paralysis.
The incident made him change his life completely by dedicating it to Islamic work.
The touching story began when Abdullah Banimah, who is completely paralyzed appeared on a satellite television program talking about spreading the message of Islam in several countries in the world.
When his future wife saw the program she immediately told her father about her desire to marry him because she admired him for courageously facing up to his disability and for dedicating his life to Islamic preaching.
Their dream turned true Tuesday when their friends queued along the road leading to the Al-Salam Wedding Hall in Jeddah to wish the couple a happy married life.
Dhaiffallah bin Saad Al-Ghamadi, the bride's father, said:
"My daughter, who works as teacher for one of the Holy Qur'an memorization schools in Jeddah, chose Abdullah on her own. After insisting she wanted to get married to him, I bowed to her will."
Dhaifallah said the reason for marrying Abdullah is for them to work hand-in-hand in the way of Allah.
Omar Banamh, the groom's father, said:
"I have nothing to say but to pray to Allah to crown this marriage by blessing them with pious offspring."
He said he hoped Abdullah will see his children grow up with no disability.
Abdullah was ecstatic about his marriage.
"In the beginning I could not believe this was her desire. She really surprised me. I will never ever forget her noble stand and insistence on accepting me as her husband. I pray to Allah day and night to enable me to make her happy for the rest of my life."
He said he will never forget, for the rest of his days, the many people who had gathered to wish him a happy marriage."
Whew! What a story. Number of points here:
1. There do exist such people Mashaa' Allah. The daughter, her father, her family should all be praised. Imagine yourself in that situation. Would you do that? Or would you allow your daughter to marry a crippled man? What about the extended family? She belongs to Al-Ghamdi family, which means she comes from the so-called "high society". And he is a Hadrami. How difficult would it be for people to disregard social honor and societal pressure?.
This is why these people are special, mashaa' Allah. May Allah increase their guidance and bless them with good in this life and the hereafter. These are the role models of a society. They deserve coverage in the media. People need good examples.
2. Look at the zeal they have for Islaam. Look at how this man's life changed after a tragedy. So the tragedy was the beginning really. A beginning of a journey insha Allah to achieve the eternal.
3. Despite all difficulties, if Allah wants to bless someone with something, it will come to you. Who would have thought a paralyzed man would get married in the first place? He not only got married, but got a wife who is Inshaa' Allah better than many women.
4. Look at the noble way in which the woman approached the issue of marriage. She fell in love -- a genuine liking for the man and wanted to marry him. She spoke to her father and her father approached the man's family. This is so noble. It's the pure path Islaam has facilitated for men and women -- marriage. At stark contrast is the lewd path, where men and women fall into Haraam and illicit relationships. A slippery slope that pulls people down the pit of lust. There's no love, purity or chastity -- there's only pain, selfishness and desires that turn human beings into animals.