Islamic Manners

Helping the Distressed

. Helping and supporting people in distress is a trait encouraged by Islam and a noble feature that implies a sincere fraternity and chivalry. The life and customs of the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) are the best example for every aspect of our lives, especially to help and support those in need or distress. The Prophet Sallallahuah’Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allah extol his mention) was known for this noble characteristic, even before receiving the divine message. When he received the revelation for the first time, he returned to Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her and told him what had happened to him, he added: “I was afraid that something would happen to me. “Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:” Never! By Allah, Allah will never disappoint you if you maintain kinship, tell the truth, help the poor and needy, generously serve your guests and attend. deserving and afflicted by calamity. “

Thus Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her, infers that Allah would protect the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) because of his good deeds, including his willingness to help those in need. distress because, after all, a person. harvest what he sows.

In Islam, relieving others of their distress is seen as a duty for those who can and as a good action that people should face. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said:” Allah helps whoever helps his brother. “His words have become an axiom for Muslims.

In addition, the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) commanded Muslims to assist those in need and distress. When he forbade his companions to sit on the roads unless they respected the rights of the road, he explained that these rights included helping people in distress and guiding the missing: Imam Ahmad, may Allaah take it to heart, reported under the authority of Al-Baraa ‘ibn’ Aazib, may Allah be pleased with him, may the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) have passed close to someone while sitting on the road and told them, “If you have to sit and guide the lost, send greetings and support the oppressed.

. Helping people in distress is a charity. In a hadith under the authority of Abu Moosa Al-Ash’ari, may Allah be pleased with him, the prophet Sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said: “Charity is an obligation for every Muslim. was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what about one who does not find something to give?” ‘He sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said,” Let him work with his hands and give in charity. “He was asked,” What if he still finds nothing to give? “He sallallaahu` alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) replied:” So, let him help those who are in need and in distress … “

A person who asks for help can be oppressed, helpless or in distress, and in any case helping and satisfying his needs is a relief for his suffering. In return, Allah, the Almighty, promises to relieve the distress of those who relieve others on the Day of Resurrection. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said:” If a person relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve him of his problems on the day of the resurrection. “

The Itikaaf, or ritual isolation in the mosque, is a great act of worship and its reward is also appreciable, since a Muslim leaves everything behind and devotes himself to venerating Allah the Almighty. However, the reward of the person who satisfies the need of others is greater than that of the person performing the Itikaaf. In this regard, the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said:” It is better for one who travels to meet his brother’s need to do so than to do I’tikaaf for ten years. years “.

Al-Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him, ordered Thaabit Al-Bunaani to give him his mercy to meet his needs. Tha’allah may Allah have mercy on him said, “But I am in the state of Itikaaf.” Al-Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him, said to him, “O foolish man! Do you not know that it is better to satisfy your brother’s needs than to make Itikaaf? “

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Helping people in distress and meeting the needs of the population means strong faith and sincere brotherhood. Knights and magnanimous men can not bear to see anyone in distress and, without any hesitation or delay, they hurry to help those in distress who voluntarily seek the reward of Allah, the Almighty. Moosa (Moses), may Allah exalt his mention, the magnanimous and noble prophet of Allah, escaped the oppression of Pharaoh. He was tired and exhausted when he reached the well of Madyan, where he found a crowd of men watering their flocks. He also found two women waiting for the men to finish their work so that they could also water their herds. Once he understood their needs, he did not wait for them to ask for help, he took the initiative and watered them for them. Allah the Almighty says (meaning):

And when he came to the well of Madyan, he found there a crowd of people watering , and he found aside from them two women driving back . He said, “What is your circumstance?” They said, “We do not water until the shepherds dispatch [their flocks]; and our father is an old man.” So he watered [their flocks] for them; then he went back to the shade and said, “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”} [Quran 28:23, 24]

This is the attitude of the knights: they never hesitate to help others and to relieve those who are in distress.

Finally, helping those in need and supporting those in distress is a way to thank and praise Allah the Almighty for his blessings, so that the blessings of Allah the Almighty continue and As the more blessing is granted, the more people need help. Therefore, if a person praises Allah, the Almighty, for his blessings, they will last and vice versa.

We seek refuge with Allah, the Almighty, against the cessation of his blessings, and may his blessings and peace be upon his messenger sallallahuh alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), his family, his companions, and those who follow him.

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