Benefits of having a child with special needs
Fatwa No: 117945

Question

Salam. I have daughter with special needs. Unable to do anything on her own eat,walk, talk, dress herslef and so on, she is the greatist gift I have ever received. I treat her to the best of my abliltiy as does my husband. I have just started reading the Holy Quran, my questions is what is the benifits of having a child with special needs and after the child passes on what happens to them. I understand that the child be comes an angel but can you elaberate. thank you dearly.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

We are not aware of any specific evidence about the excellence of having a child with special needs. However, we have already issued Fatwa 84468 about the excellence of nurturing children and a person who does so gets a great reward especially if the child is handicapped.

On the other hand, handicapped children are like any other children. If they die as Muslims, then their fate will be Paradise. However, the ones who die after reaching the age of puberty and while being sane, they will be held accountable for their deeds, and if they are mad or idiots, they will be tested on the Day of Judgment; for more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 82190.

As regards the statement that they will become angels, then we are not aware of any evidence about this. 

Allaah Knows best.

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