It is reported that Ibn Umm Maktoom radi Allaahu 3Anhu, who was a blind man said to prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam: “O Messenger of Allaah, I do not have a guide to lead me to the Masjid and he asked the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to grant him a concession allowing him to pray in his house, and he allowed him that, but when he turned away he called him back and asked, “Can you hear the call to prayer?” He said, “Yes.”
He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “Then answer it.” (1)
Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “And if they only knew what was in the prayers of ‘Isha and Subh (Fajr), they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” (2)
3Abdullaah Ibn Mas3ood said, The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam taught us the ways of guidance, and told us that one of the way of guidance is to pray in the Masjid when the Aadhaan (call to prayer) is given.” (3)
In a remote tiny village in Saudi Arabia, an old crippled man crawling to the nearby masjid has been the most familiar scene. Some of those who have watched that man have died as he is now nearly 77.
Since he was a little boy, 3Abdullaah Al Asiri has never missed his daily prayers and insists on performing it at the Masjid despite his handicap.
Asiri was born handicapped in a family of 10, including his parents, three brothers and four sisters. His brothers, sisters, sisters in law and his many nephews and nieces have been looking after him through his life.
Asiri has crawled to and from the Masjid in his southern village of Al-Azeezah five times a day for nearly 65 years, defying the scorching desert summer heat and the pinching cold weather in winter.
His nephew 3Abdul Azeez said he had shot a film of his uncle to “underscore his perseverance, determination and strength.”