‘Aṭā': The Grand Mufti of Makkah
If there was one man who broke all stereotypes to reach the heights, It was ʿAṭā (r).
He was black.
He was one-eyed.
He was snub-nosed.
He was partially paralyzed.
He was crippled.
Later on in his life, he became fully blind.
He slept in the masjid for 20 years.
His hand was cut off during the attacks of al-Ḥajjāj on Ibn al-Zubair (ra).
Yet he was the Mufti of the Haram, rather the Mufti of Makkah. A caller would announce to the pilgrims during the days of Hajj: No one should give fatwa to the people except for ʿAṭā!
Ibn ʿAbbās (ra) used to say, O people of Makkah, you are gathering around me and you have ʿAṭā!?
Abū Ḥanīfah would say, I've never seen anyone greater than ʿAṭā (r).
If you ever feel like something in your life is holding you back from achieving your goals, think about ʿAṭā, make dua to Allah, stay sincere, and put your trust in Him.
Nur ala Nur