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Love for the Poor

Jan 31, 2012
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam enjoined upon Muslims to treat the poor kindly and to help them with alms, Zakat, and in other ways.

 Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said to his wife, ‘O Aisha, love the poor and let them come to you and Allah will draw you near to Himself.’ (Sahih Bukhari)

“O Allah, keep me poor in my life and at my death, and raise me at resurrection among those who are poor.” (Nasa’i)

Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri narrates that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, "If a Muslim clothes a Muslim when he is naked, Allah will clothe him with green garments of Paradise; if a Muslim feeds a Muslim when he is hungry, Allah will feed him with fruits of Paradise; and if any Muslim gives a Muslim drink when he is thirsty, Allah will give him pure wine which is sealed to drink.” (Abu Dawud)

Ibn Abbas said that he heard Allah's Messenger say, "The believer is not the one who eats when his neighbor beside him is hungry".

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was much worried about the people who were underprivileged in the society. Once Ibad Bin Sharjil, a man from Medina was starving. He entered an orchard and picked some fruit. The owner of the orchard gave him a sound beating and stripped off his clothes. The poor man appealed to Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam who remonstrated the owner in the following words: “This man was ignorant, you should have dispelled his ignorance; he was hungry, you should have fed him.” His clothes were restored to the Medinan and, in addition, some grain was given to him. (Abu Dawud)
Abu Huraira (R.A) narrates that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, "whoever relieves a believer's distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will relieve him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates one in dire straits, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter. Allah will continue aiding his servant as long as he is helping his brother." (Muslim)
This shows us what the ideal Islamic society should look like. It is a society in which its members help each other and support each other and encourage each other to do what is best.
May the almighty Allah instill within us the love for the poor Aameen.


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