The Prophet’s Teachings on Benevolent Treatment towards Orphans, Girls, the Weak, the Poor and the Humble Persons

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I will be like this in paradise with the person who takes care of an orphan”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of  illustration (meaning as close as these two fingers are to each other is how a person who takes care of the orphan and I  will be in paradise)

Commentary: It will be indeed a great honour to be close to the Prophet (PBUH) in paradise. This honour will be given to those who are kind to the orphans. In another tradition the Prophet (PBUH) has regarded it the `best house’ in which an orphan is treated with kindness. He declared the worst home in which an orphan child is not treated with affection.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who takes care of an orphan, whether he is his relative or a stranger, will be in paradise with me like these two”. The narrator, Malik bin Anas raised his forefinger and middle finger for illustration.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A needy is not the one who can be turned away with a date-fruit or two, or a morsel or two. The true Needy is one who, despite his poverty, abstains from begging”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

In another narration Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ” A Needy is not the one who goes round begging from people and who can be turned away with a morsel or two, or a date-fruit or two. A true Needy is he who does not find enough to suffice him, does not disclose his poverty so that he might be given alms, and does not stand up to beg”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: The real needy and poor are those who are not well-to-do, but their appearance and dress hide their poverty. Their self-respect does not permit them to make a request for help. This saying of the Prophet teaches that it is the latter category of poor people, with a sense of self-respect, who should be given preference in financial help.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “One who strives to help the widows and the poor is like the one who fights in the way of Allah.” The narrator said: I think that he (PBUH) added also: “I shall regard him as the one who stands up (for prayer) without rest and as the one who observes fasts continuously”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The worst food is the food of the marriage banquet to which the rich are invited and from which the poor are left out”.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever supports two girls till they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) joined his fingers illustrating this.

The Wife of the Prophet reported a woman came to me with her two daughters. She asked me (for charity) but she found nothing with me except one date-fruit, so I gave it to her. She accepted it and then divided it between her two daughters and herself ate nothing out of that. She then got up and went out. When Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came in, and I narrated to him the story, he said, “s/He who is involved (in the responsibility) of (bringing up) daughters, and s/ he is benevolent towards them, they would become protection for him against Hell-fire”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The wife of the Prophet reported a poor woman came to me carrying her two daughters. I gave her three date-fruits. She gave a date to each of them and then she took up one date-fruit and brought that to her mouth to eat, but her daughters asked her for that also. She then divided between them the date-fruit that she intended to eat. This (kind) treatment of her impressed me and I mentioned that to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) who said, ‘Verily, Allah has assured paradise for her, because of  this act of hers,” or said, “He (Allah) has rescued her from Hell-Fire”.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “O Allah, I declare inviolable the rights of two weak ones: the orphans and women”.

Sa`d considered himself better than his inferiors, so the Prophet (PBUH) said to him, “You are given help and provision because of your weak ones”.

commentary:  Sa’d was one of the rich companions of the Prophet.  He used to hire the poor.  The Prophet reminds us that the help (in business and trade, and sales) the rich make is because of the poor.  The rich should never forget that they are rich because of the poor, and they should respect them for that, and not look down upon them.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Seek among your weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.”

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