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Understanding and compassion to the disabled is not just a fine idea. It is an imperative.

Join two wheelchair-bound disability advocates to learn about how American Muslims can meet both the spiritual and personal needs of Muslims living with disabilities in our community.

Abdullah Mojaddedi and Ahmed Alkubaisi became wheelchair bound at a young age.

Their experiences in the Muslim community, their different-abled life brimming with daily opportunities and struggles will give us an insightful community conversation on how to show true brotherhood & sisterhood in a way that keeps dignity and shows respect and how we can work towards masjids and Islamic communities of Ihsan (excellence).

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Friday, December 10 | MCC Prayer Hall

Sponsored by Muslims Understanding & Helping Special Education Needs (Muhsen) and MCC East Bay

MCC is a proud to be a certified special-needs friendly masjid. See how we support our special needs families. Learn more about how we are privileged to accommodate our special needs community: https://mcceastbay.org/accommodating-disabilities

Abdullah Mojaddidi graduated at San Jose State University with a BA degree in psychology and a minor in business in 2018 His Spinal Cord injury occurred on October 22, 2006. In 2015, his first job after his spinal cord injury was a part time job working with Bay Area and Recreational Program, that advocates people with disabilities in recreational activities. He currently now has two part-time jobs: one at a nonprofit Agency for 4 years as an advocate for Afghan refugees and since October 2021, a recent new hire at Apple.

In 2007, Ahmed Al Kubaisi was walking past an American base in his hometown of Fallujah, Iraq. He was on the way to the local market when he was allegedly shot by an American sniper. Al Kubaisi, then 15 years old, was paralyzed from the waist down. In 2013, the U.N. Refugee Agency resettled him in the Bay Area and once he arrived he was hospitalized for 14 months receiving proper care and rehab. Predictably, he has complicated feelings to navigate about America—having suffered greatly during the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but also finding treatment and making friends upon moving. Ahmed has been in and out of hospital and treatment centers over the past decade. He’s unable to use his lower body and legs and continues to suffer from life threatening bed sore wounds that weren’t properly treated. In 2016, he enrolled in adult school and received his GED and shortly thereafter had a one-year internship in the Human Resource department at East Bay Municipal Utility District. He has given presentation to physical therapy students at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. Kubaisi has been through many challenges physically and culturally while adjusting to life in America, including not speaking English when arrived here nearly a decade ago. He looks forward to continuing his education and staying healthy. More about him here and here.

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