The wise sayings goes: When doors are closed...try the windows.
So my daughter Azra is always looking for opportunities to open up the scope of activities for her two special need children. This is Ujai on the left and Akif next to him. As soon as school vacations starts, they are off to Legoland. Ujai is an ADHD child and making him obey orders and follow instruction has always been a problem. Azra told me she had to discipline Ujai while at Legoland because he went missing for hours with his younger brother Asim. He was grounded the next day and had to stay back at the "homestay" with his father. It is difficult to "punish" hard like that but the Therapist always reminded Azra to make any disciplinary action worth while so he will learn the hard way and that is more effective.
Hopefully he will learn a lesson that following orders is a must and will grow up a responsible adult.
Azra never stop trying and I admire her determination. The week before she took them to experience what horse riding is like. I want to treasure the picture above because it always lightened up my hope that they will grow up as normal as possible. On the left is Asim. He is normal but often times he will be as active as Ujai and Akif.
Azra said before the ride they are shown how to appreciate and connect with the horses. The sense of touch is most important as it makes the animal feel the bond of love. Then they get to ride and when they came to visit me they were eager to tell me their experience. Azra said she cannot afford to take regular lessons for now and suffice it is to allow the children to get the feeling of excitement riding a horse even if it is for only less than an hour. In Islam riding horses is one sports activity highly encouraged to participate. Just maybe one day soon they will have the opportunity.......
In the alQuran Surah al Imran verse 190-191 Allah has said:
In simple words: None of Allah's creations is done in vain. It has a purpose and we are here to appreciate the greatness and uniqueness of all his creations.
May Allah bestow upon children of special needs all His Love, Care and Blessings.
He may close some doors, but all his windows are wide open.
Azra, my daughter, is learning. We are all learning. Allah is Most Gracious Most Merciful. Only in Him we have our full trust.