Islamic philosophy has always had an immense focus on spirituality and the welfare of the community. Islamic values concentrate on the notion of disadvantage that is created by society and imposed on those individuals who might not possess the social, economic, or physical attributes that society happens to value.
Everything in islamic doctrine from the mandate of zakat and charity to the ordinance of looking after orphans and the weak emphasizes that Allah has placed the responsibility of rectifying this inequity on the shoulder of society as a whole. The psychological and social stability as well as unity within society increases when the plight of the disadvantage is recognized and steps are taken to support their condition and status.
In one example of sunnah, Prophet Mohammad (Pbuh) designated a blind man as a leader of Madinah many times in his own absence, thereby asserting that an individual’s disability is not a hindrance and furthermore affirming the importance of inclusivity.
In a humble effort to exemplify and embody the above mentioned values, Farid Ahmed and Aisha Siddiqui believe that continuing education and cultivating relevant knowledge are the required elements for a psychologically and socially stable society. They hope that this scholarship will facilitate the recipient in continuing to pursue knowledge, while encouraging fellow community members to also invest in youth with disabilities for a better and more inclusive society in the future insh’Allah.
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Number of Awards: 1
Award Amount: $3,000
Applications Open: February 1st, 2020
Applications Close: April 15th, 2020
1. Have a disability identified by a psychologist or a medical doctor (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, vision impairment, deaf or hard of hearing, physical impairments)
2. Self-identify as Muslim
3. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
4. No academic requirement
5. Be enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution as of Fall 2019
6. Demonstrate involvement and leadership in extra-curricular activities
7. Demonstrate involvement in volunteer initiatives that have a positive impact on the Muslim community and Canadian society at large