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Virtues of assisting Your Palestinian brothers and sisters

Assisting people in need holds great importance in Islam, and various verses from the Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasize the virtues of helping others. Here are some key virtues of assisting people in need in Islam:

Allah helps him as long as he helps his brother:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ – رضى الله عنه – قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ – صلى الله عليه وسلم -مَنْ نَفَّسَ عَنْ مُؤْمِنٍ كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرَبِ اَلدُّنْيَا, نَفَّسَ اَللَّهُ عَنْهُ كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرَبِ يَوْمِ اَلْقِيَامَةِ , وَمَنْ يَسَّرَ عَلَى مُعْسِرٍ, يَسَّرَ اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ فِي اَلدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ, وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِمًا, سَتَرَهُ اَللَّهُ فِي اَلدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ, وَاَللَّهُ فِي عَوْنِ اَلْعَبْدِ مَا كَانَ اَلْعَبْدُ فِي عَوْنِ أَخِيهِ

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“If anyone relieves a Muslim believer from one of the hardships of this worldly life, Allah will relieve him of one of the hardships of the Day of Resurrection. If anyone makes it easy for the one who is indebted to him (while finding it difficult to repay), Allah will make it easy for him in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, and if anyone conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah helps His slave as long as he helps his brother.”

(Sahih Muslim 2699)

Charity as a Means of Purification:

Giving to those in need is seen as a means of purifying one’s wealth. The Quran encourages believers to give to the poor and needy to cleanse their wealth

خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَٰلِهِمْ صَدَقَةًۭ تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِم بِهَا وَصَلِّ عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ إِنَّ صَلَوٰتَكَ سَكَنٌۭ لَّهُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

Take from their wealth (˹O Prophet˺ﷺ) charity to purify and bless them, and pray for them—surely your prayer is a source of comfort for them. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

(Quran 9:103).

Compassion and Mercy:

When one assist his brother in need then this is a form of compassion and love. Compassion and mercy are central themes in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” الرَّاحِمُونَ يَرْحَمُهُمُ الرَّحْمَنُ ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاءِ الرَّحِمُ شُجْنَةٌ مِنَ الرَّحْمَنِ فَمَنْ وَصَلَهَا وَصَلَهُ اللَّهُ وَمَنْ قَطَعَهَا قَطَعَهُ اللَّهُ

Abdullah bin ‘Amr narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“The merciful are shown mercy by Ar-Rahman. Be merciful on the earth, and you will be shown mercy from Who is above the heavens. The womb is named after Ar-Rahman, so whoever connects it, Allah connects him, and whoever severs it, Allah severs him.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1924)

Aid as an Expression of Gratitude:

Helping those in need is viewed as a way of expressing gratitude to Allah for the blessings one has received. Gratitude is a recurring theme in the Quran, and helping others is considered a manifestation of this gratitude.

Forgiveness of Sins:

Acts of charity and assistance can serve as a means of seeking forgiveness for sins. The Nabi Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

الصَّدَقَةُ تُطْفِئُ الْخَطِيئَةَ كَمَا يُطْفِئُ النَّارَ الْمَاءُ

“Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire”

(Sunan Ibn Majah 3973).

Multiplication of Rewards:

The rewards for charitable acts in Islam are believed to be multiplied manifold. The Quran mentions that the example of those who spend in the way of Allah is like a seed that produces seven ears and each ear contains a hundred grains

مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَٰلَهُمْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنۢبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِى كُلِّ سُنۢبُلَةٍۢ مِّا۟ئَةُ حَبَّةٍۢ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُضَـٰعِفُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ وَٰسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies ˹the reward even more˺ to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing.

(Quran 2:261).

Satisfaction of Allah:

Acts of kindness and charity are seen as pleasing to Allah. The Quran mentions that those who spend their wealth in Allah’s cause will be rewarded and will not face fear or grief

ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَٰلَهُمْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ ثُمَّ لَا يُتْبِعُونَ مَآ أَنفَقُوا۟ مَنًّۭا وَلَآ أَذًۭى ۙ لَّهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah and do not follow their charity with reminders of their generosity or hurtful words—they will get their reward from their Lord, and there will be no fear for them, nor will they grieve.

(Quran 2:261-262).

These virtues underscore the importance of generosity, kindness, and social responsibility in Islam, emphasizing the holistic nature of a believer’s relationship with both Allah and fellow human beings.

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