One of the upsides to autism

KhalidLast week over breakfast, Khalid sneezed and then said: “Alhamdulillah.  Momma, now you say- Yarhamakullah, and then I say yahdeekumAllahu wa yuslihu balakum.”

You can stare blankly for a moment.  That’s what I did, and then I realized- he’s been reading through every page of the Dua Kids application on my iPhone, and as usual- he’s not just reading it- he’s memorizing it.  It’s not a fast process by any means, Khalid is like a slow, logical locomotive.  Or rather- an intellectual iceberg- most of Khalid goes on way below the surface, and we only occasionally get an idea of how deep he goes.

A few days ago, from the dining table over dinner- he gave me precise road directions to reach Ski Dubai from Abu Dhabi.  Then he ate a french fry.  He asks me the names of the roads we’re driving on, and when I’m wrong he corrects me.  He tells me the interchanges we’ll be driving past before we’ve passed them.  Of course, he still can’t answer simple questions like- Khalid, why aren’t you wearing pants yet?- but he is storing massive amounts of interesting information in his beautiful little head and it comes out in the most hilariously brilliant ways.

And that hilarious brilliance is why I am blogging right now- because I end up forgetting too many of Khalid’s pearls of wisdom, and ten minutes ago, he said one that I want to remember forever.

For a job well done, Khalid and Iman were both awarded two mini marshmallows. Iman, in typical teasing fashion, said: Khalid, I can squash your marshmallows!

Khalid, without even looking up from his trains said, and I quote:

“The Messenger of Allah, salAllahu Alaiha wa sallim said ‘Do not squash marshmallows.”

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Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on

  1. Owl

    OMG!!!!! SUBHANALLAH! That was hilarious! And slighly blasphemous, but hey, he’s a kid. Give him a squashy hug from me. 😀

  2. Mali

    OMG MASHALLAH!!!! That was ridiculously cute. I want to high five Khalid and give him another marshmallow for humour. 😀

  3. Carol

    Truely words of wisdom I shall endevor to follow. Does this mean I have to eat mini marshmallows by swallowing them whole from no on? LOL -That boy is a comic savant.

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