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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

I would like to just share one beautiful hadith we have that speaks about the abundant reward of a blind person. In our Islamic traditions and culture, we do not see the word a'maa, or blind being used to describe a person who does not have the sense of sight. In honouring and empowering them, more positive words are used, like baseer, makfuf, and so on, with each one having a great meaning. 

This hadith is from Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.):

 مَنْ لَقِيَ اَللَّهَ مَكْفُوفاً مُحْتَسِباً مُوَالِياً لآِلِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّلاَمُ لَقِيَ اَللَّهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ لاَ حِسَابَ عَلَيْهِ

Whoever meets Allah, being blind, but tolerating it with patience, and devoted to the Progeny of Muhammad (a.s.), he/she will be meeting Almighty God and will not be judged for anything. 

Yes, we understand that this does not mean a blind person man sin as he/she wishes, but it means that the Almighty has assured the believer who is deprived of something in this world, that they will be compensated and rewarded for it in this world, in other things, and also in the Hereafter.

With prayers for your success.