Importance of Taking Care of Orphans and Widows in Islam

Importance of Taking Care of Orphans and Widows in Islam

Being a Muslim it is our duty to protect others from any kind of harm and help those who are in need such as orphans and widows. Islam has laid great great importance on helping the needy, orphans and widows. Following are the few reminders regarding the reward for helping orphans and widows.

“And they feed, for the love of Allah, the poor, the orphan, and the captive…” [Soorah al-Insaan, 8]   

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By taking care of the needy or the Orphan and widows, we not only help the society in general but there is also a great reward from Allah (SWT) both in this world and the hereafter. According to a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H):

“One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying.” [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter “The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans”

Reward For Someone Who Strives for an Orphan

The prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The person who strives on behalf of the widows and poor is like those who strive in the way of Allah and like those who fast in the day and pray at night.”

Helping Orphans or Widows Shields From Hellfire

In another Hadith A’isha (R.A) quoted the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H):

A’isha said, “A woman came to me who had two of her daughters with her. She asked me for something, but I could not find anything except for a single date which I gave her. She divided it between her daughters and then got up and left. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came in and I told him what had happened. He said, ‘Whoever looks after these girls in any way and is good to them will have them as a veil from the Fire.'”

Reward For Those Who Provides for an Orphan in The Company of Their Parents

Umm Sa’id bint Murra al-Fihri related from her father that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I and the guardian of an orphan will be in the Garden like these two.” (His two fingers)

Helping Orphans And Widows Helps Soften Hearts and Allah (SWT) Will Also Answer Your Prayers

The prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has said:

A man once came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam, and complained that he feels hardness in his heart. The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart, and enable you to get what you need.” [At-Tabaraanee & As-Silsilah as-Saheehah]

Removal of Griefs On The Day of Judgement

In another Hadith Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:

“Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment” [Saheeh Muslim]

Sahl ibn Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his forefinger and middle finger.

Best Houses Are Those Were Orphans are Treated Well

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

“The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his two fingers.

Forgiveness and Bounty From Allah (SWT)

Allah (SWT) has promised forgiveness and bounty for those who take care of the orphans and the widows. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Soorah al-Baqarah, 268]           

Angles Make Dua for Muslims Who Help Orphans and Widows

“No day dawns upon [Allah’s] servants without two angels descending [to Earth]. One of them says, ‘O Allah, give recompense (khalaf) to those who give [charity]!’; the other says, ‘O Allah give loss (talaf) to those who withhold [charity]!'” [Agreed upon]

Entering Paradise With Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)

As per the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) mentioned in Saheeh al-Bukhaari:

“I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaari]

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People who bring up orphans have great value in the sight of Allah (SWT) and will gain great reward on the day of judgement. On the other hand marrying a widow has been greatly emphasized. So with regards to all the quoted Hadith and Quran verses gives an idea of hat is the reward for someone who gets married to a widow and supports her children from her deceased husband

“A giver of maintenance to the widows and the poor is like a giver in the way of Allah (swt), an utterer of prayers all night and fasting during the day.” (Bukhari)

 

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