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Ramadan Comes as a Reminder: A Poem by a SMILE mom!

Updated: May 28, 2020

It is easy to judge,

It is more difficult to understand.

As a special needs parent, I have been in a situation more than once when I think people will not understand.

They will not understand,

 how I feel unless they walk in my shoes.

They will not understand 

how frustrating it is, to be helpless for your child.

They will not understand,

What keeps me up at night.

They will not understand,

 how uncertain the future is for us.

They will not understand,

how one can be happy and sad at the same time.

But Ramadan comes as a Reminder.

It reminds us, of all the blessings we have,

even with all the challenges of life. Abstinence from food, drink, and other indulgences to concentrate on prayer encourages us to reflect on one’s life and appreciate things, we take for granted.

 It teaches us compassion and empathy.

It reminds us all that we are being observed and tested by Allah in different ways.

It reminds us that no matter what your troubles are.

Allah hasn't forgotten you,

Allah sees your suffering,

He is there.

He knows it all.


He is keeping count.

- Zainab Qadeer, SMILE mom.

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In your exploration of the blog, you'll delve into the complex realities of parenting a child with special needs, noticing the ease with which judgment often overshadows genuine understanding. Through the teachings of Ramadan, you discover how faith can beautifully intersect with the daily hurdles and emotional swings, offering comfort and a deeper gratitude for life. This journey highlights the universal necessity for empathy, calling for stronger community support for each person's distinctive struggles. By engaging with these personal insights. You're invited to reflect on how you and your community can bridge the gap between quick judgment and authentic understanding, especially for those navigating life's steepest challenges. How can you, along with others, foster a more compassionate and understanding society for…

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