At nine in the morning, Khalid came and asked if he could borrow my phone.

I told him yes, but he HAD to wake me up at 9:40, because I had a doctor’s appointment to get to. I have bronchitis so I’ve been stealing some extra snoozes in the morning.

Khalid agreed, took my phone, and then left.

What felt like five seconds later, he came back and said, “Momma, wake up! It’s 9:40 am!”

I opened my eyes groggily and said, “Khalid, I don’t think it’s 9:40 yet, can you please check again?”

Khalid studied the wall clock for a moment and said “Oh, sorry- it’s 9:21.”

“Come back in twenty minutes please, Khalid.”

“Okay!” he chirped, and then skipped out of my room.

Ten minutes later I was still awake and figured that staying in bed any longer was pointless, so I got up. I went into the living room to relieve Khalid of alarm clock duty and this is what I saw:

Khalid- stock still, sitting on the sofa, intently staring.

At the clock.

Watching the minute hand.

Waiting for 9:40.

“Khalid! Have you been staring at the clock since nine???’

Khalid turned and blinked a few times, thinking. Then he simply said, “Yes.”

I was so touched, and so shocked, and so humbled by the methodical devotion required to stare at a clock for thirty minutes that I smothered him in kisses. He seemed embarrassed but tolerated my affection briefly, then breaking free to leave and play with his dinosaurs.

SubhanAllah, it’s times like this that make me marvel at how amazing a little person he is, and how grateful I am to Allah for making him that way. Whether it’s because of autism or in spite of it, Allah has blessed us both. AllahuAkbar.


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 Muslimmatters.org.

  1. Yasmine

    This is seriously the sweetest story, and made me smile so much =)))) MashaAllah, Khalid is simply adorable! I would have smothered him in kisses, too! Lovelovelove.

  2. Abez

    Norbahira, may Allah grant you a righteous spouse and a righteous son. 🙂 Preferably in that order. 🙂

    You know what I like about having Khalid named Khalid? There is no shortage of stories, lectures, or information about how awesome and inspirational a person Khalid BinWaleed was, and my Khalid loves hearing about the “real” Khalid. 🙂

  3. Sadiyya Nesar

    🙂 This is soooo sweet. MashaAllah. May Allah SWT reward Khalid and bless him in ways cannot imagined, ameen. You make me want to be a mom even though how scared I am due to my myopathy. I hope to talk to you soon inshaAllah <3 Did you recieve my facebook message that might be filtered in the 'other' inbox messages? Its hard finding an international sister in Hong Kong but its beyond hard finding one who is a writer and who went throughsomething similar than I. It would mean the world being your friend. I told my parents of you last night with my face beaming and somewhat choking up from tears out of relief that I was trying to hold bad. I rarely ever show tears–I use humor to keep me going. My parents were beyond happy knowing of you–they glowed up especially when hearing about your kids. It would mean the world to us especially me if we could keep in touch online via facebook or even email inshaAllah. I am 22 and still trying to make sense of things that I made dua for a sister like you in my life. Please do be my friend and keep in touch inshaAllah :). My younger brothers are in the UK that when we travel we drop by Dubai for sometime. I'd be happy to meet you whenever I do. You're someone worthy to meet in my eyes and so many others eyes', soul sister. I hopethe rasool (SWT) would meet you and Allah SWT Himself ameen. *hugs*

    Take care. Love to the little ones.

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