Don’t insult or isolate OKU, say Imams

Azlan Othman

The rights of persons with different abilities (OKU) to a normal life were highlighted in yesterday’s Friday sermon.

“Statistics from the Community Development Department (JAPEM) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) show that there are about 7,248 persons with different abilities registered with the department,” said Imams while delivering the sermon.

“OKU are a part of the community. They are a blessing and also a test for their parents, guardians and family.

“The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every December 3, to create awareness on the challenges faced by OKU.”

The Imams said Islam does not distinguish the poor from rich, nor does it allow Muslims to isolate those who are impaired or with different abilities. OKU can also contribute towards nation-building by working in the public and private sectors. They can even outperform normal people.

“The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Not All Disabilities are Visible’, which aims to highlight that not all disabilities are physically or visually recognisable, such as intellectual, mental and hearing disabilities. All negative perceptions of OKU should be eliminated. Let us be grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah the Almighty,” they said.