06 December 2019   8. Rabi-us-Thaani 1441
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Attending to the Poor

There are truly great rewards in store for those who unhesitatingly rally to the assistance of the poor and needy.

The general condition of the lives of the Sahaba (RA) is generally described as:

“Rich at heart and living with only the bare necessities”.

These giants, who are the illustrious companions of the most beloved of Allah Ta’ala, Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam), lived a simple and modest life. Their soul intention of pleasing our Creator, Allah Ta’ala, was never tainted and blemished with a craving for the niceties and attractions of this world. Their firm and unshakable focus was solely and only the attaining of Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure in this world and in the hereafter.

Indeed, this was / is an all-embracing lesson deeply entrenched and taught to us by our beloved Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam).

In order to create an urge to help each other, and to encourage an environment of ‘brotherhood’, Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) constantly educated the Sahabi (RA) with a number of pertinent lessons. As an example, Abdullah bin Amar (R) reports that Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) stated:

“Whosoever feeds his brother a stomach full, and quenched a brother’s thirst … to his satisfaction … Allah Ta’ala will come between him and the fire of hell (Jahannam), the distance of seven (07) trenches. (Furthermore), each trench will be equivalent to a travel-distance of 500 years from the next trench.” (Tibrani)

This hadith clearly spells out the immense love of Allah Ta’ala for his Mu’mineen. Additionally, this affection is most generously increased for the poor and the needy … as well as for those who unstintingly rally to their assistance.

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