“And they feed, for the love of Allah, the poor, the orphan, and the captive…” [Soorah al-Insaan, 8]
Muslims are commanded to behave with courtesy and politeness towards one and all. Kindness to orphans is associated with other segments of society as well,such as parents, relations , needy, neighbours, travellers and others.
Allah Ta’ala says:
“ And worship Allah, and do not join aught with Him: and to parents show kindness and also to kinsmen and orphans and the needy and the near neighbour and the distant neighbour and the companion by your side and the wayfarer and those whom your right hand possesses. Surely Allah does not love the vainglorious and boastful.” (Qur’an 4: 36)
Muslims are also urged to treat the orphans with kindness and not harshness.
Allah Ta’ala says: “ Therefore, treat not the orphans with harshness.” (Qur’an 93: 9)
Abu Hurairah(R.A.) reported that the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said: “ The Best home of Muslims is one wherein there is an orphan who is treated well; and the worst home of Muslims is one wherein there is an orphan who is treated badly.” (Ibn Majah)
Closeness to the Prophet(sallallhu alaiyhi wassallam)
Sahl bin Sa’ad(R.A.) reported that the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, that the person who supports an orphan, will be so close to him in Paradise as the two fingers and then he demonstrated it by joining his two fingers. ( Bukhari)
A Prescription for attaining Paradise
Abdullah bin Abbas(R.A.) reported that the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, that whosoever took the responsibility of feeding and clothing an orphan, will divinely be admitted to Paradise, provided, he has not comitted any such offence as cannot be forgiven. ( Tirmizi)
Cure for Hard Heartedness
Abu Hurairah(R.A.) reported that , a man once came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ?alayhi wa sallam, and complained that he feels hardness in his heart. The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need ? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart.” ( Ahmad)
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:
” They ask you as to how they will spend. Say whatever you spend of wealth, let it be for parents and kindred and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, and whatever good you do, surely Allah is the Knower thereof.” ( Qur’an 2: 215)
The Qur’an further says: “ And they feed for the love of Him, the indigent, the orphan , and the captive.” ( Qur’an 76: 8)
MAY OUR HEARTS BE SOFTENED.
MAY WE RESPOND TO THE CRY AND NEED OF THE ORPHANS.
Contact ANY one of the relief organizations that are doing SELFLESS work to help ease the suffering of our orphans.
AND SPONSOR AN ORPHAN TODAY!! Courtesy: www.everymuslim.co.za ?