Life certainly isn’t easy for 30-year-old Abu Fathiyyaturahma Menk Abdun Mujtahid of Sabah, Malaysia. Abu is wheelchair-bound, unable to use his legs in order to help him get around.
No one would blame him if he simply focused on himself and ensured that his own life was manageable. But despite his less-than-simple life circumstances, this kindhearted man didn’t hesitate when faced with the opportunity to help out a tiny creature in need—and even though most individuals might not be willing to take time out of their busy days to inconvenience themselves, Abu proved that he was more than happy to make sure even God’s smallest creatures didn’t get left defenseless.
Abu was out with another wheelchair-bound friend, pushing along a sidewalk near a grassy embankment and a river, when he spotted a tiny kitten trapped in a tiny storm drain just above the water.
The slope down to the drain would have been far too steep for his wheelchair, but Abu didn’t let that stop him from helping out. Without even hesitating, he eased himself out of his wheelchair, tucked his legs up to keep them from dragging, and started to carefully slide himself down the slope towards the drain to scoop the kitten up.
His friend stayed up on the sidewalk with his chair but pulled out his phone to capture the ordeal on video. And with the camera rolling, Abu was shown nobly putting in far more effort to rescue the animal than most able-bodied individuals have to.
Holding himself carefully with one hand to make sure he didn’t fall into the water, Abu leaned out to grab the kitten. On his first attempt, he realized he was too far away from the kitten to reach it safely—but instead of giving up, he continued to slide himself along, repositioning himself to get closer and finally get the kitten out from its precarious position.
In true cat fashion, of course, Abu didn’t get to spend long with his new little friend.
Since Abu would have to use his arms to get back across the grass to his chair, he had to set the kitten down in the grass next to him for a moment. So while he was busy hoisting himself back up to the sidewalk in order to get back into his chair, the kitten dashed away and across the road without even a quick snuggle to thank its rescuer—off to find more adventures now that it was free of the tiny crevice by the water’s edge.
Even though he was unable to keep the kitten with him long enough to bring it home and give it a new family, though, the quick and simple act went viral as people lauded him for thinking beyond himself.
“His disability doesn’t make him a lesser or greater man,” one person wrote on Facebook, “but his act of kindness does.”
“Now THIS is the kind of story we’d like to see more of! Fabulous feel good news!” wrote another.
Hopefully, his actions will inspire more people to help out when they see someone in need—and more importantly, hopefully they served as a phenomenal reminder that disabilities don’t prove anyone’s worth.