Helping the Deprived People is an Essential Part of Islamic Teachings

Helping the Deprived People is an Essential Part of Islamic Teachings

By Mufti Muhammad Rashid Qasmi

Each and every individual is well aware of the Covid-19 pandemic that enclosed the entire world like a bird in a coop or a prey in the paw of the lion. In way or the other, every individual is affected by the topsy-turvyness and mammoth of problems resulting from the Covid-19. The current situation with angst and chaos made it clear that all the strength is powerless before the power of Allah the Almighty. It can be witnessed with an open eye that, the flourishing countries like America, Britannia and Italy which were touching its zenith in modern technology are shedding tears on their impuissance in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.

The volcano of the Covid-19 epidemic has entirely seized our country.  Thus, the economy of the county is miserably affected and the situation is still worsening day by day. The government has strictly imposed the lockdown to curb this deadly virus which is still on the move.

In the beginning, due to the coronavirus lockdown, the poverty- stricken people and daily-wagers were concerned about their daily maintenance. However,  it has gripped the middle-class families too as one can perceive their inner problems through the appearance of the wrinkle on their foreheads.

In such a trying situation the openhanded Muslims should come forward and try their best to help their relatives generously who are in need along with the deprived people in their surroundings with proper care. The time demands the well-off people to get by on a small amount of money and help the people in dire need.

They have a good opportunity to be adorned with the unparallel qualities of the companions of the prophet (saws) who are praised in the Glorious Qur’an in such words:

“And give preference (to them) over themselves even though they are on poverty” (Surah Al-Hashr: 9)

This ayah was revealed at that time when a sahabi (rz) was commanded by the prophet (saws) to take a person as a guest at his home. There was a little bit of food at the house of the host (sahabi). Hence, he advised his wife that you should blow out the candle when the guest will start having food, so that the guest could eat to his fill and could not sense that we are not eating. This action with devotedness received acceptance in the sight of Allah the Almighty and then the above mentioned was revealed. Allah (swt) praising this event said these are the people who give preference to others over themselves although they have to face difficulties.

The pages of history have witnessed numerous examples of those who have sacrificed a lot for others and preferred others over themselves. Being the best ummah and being inspired by their unmatched sacrifices and selfless services we should be a means of assistance of those who are incased by wretched and pathetic conditions.

Particularly, we should take care of those who slink away from spreading their hands before the people and prefer to keep themselves starving just to hide their self-respect. These people are in need to be helped through such means that would not leave them disheartened or embarrassed. When helping such people we should abstain from the advertisements- based on vainglory and to achieve a cheap reputation.

The sentiments filled with hypocrisy and self- interest is among the wicked habits of the Muslims. For, all the efforts and deeds are of no use if they are carried out for the sake of media hype. As Allah the Exalted says in the glorious Qur’an:

O you who believe, do not nullify your acts of charity by boasting about (doing people a) favor and by causing (them) hurt, like the one who spends his wealth to show off before people and does not believe in Allah and in the Last Day.( Surah Al- Bakarah:264)

Helping the poverty-stricken people is a recommendable action, but before that we should help our relatives and neighbours in need as they have double rights upon us, One as they are our relative and neighbor and the other being deserving of assistance.

Such assistance will cause us to attain a ton of reward from Almighty Allah and it will also multiply our worldly blessings to get an immense increment. The prophet (saws) says:

 “Seek among your weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.” In another hadith he says: “You gain no victory or livelihood except through (the blessings and invocations of) the poor amongst you.” (Bukhari)

It should be kept in mind that, according to the Islamic perspective the epidemic is a kind of punishment or test sent by Allah (swt). In such circumstances we must turn towards Allah (swt) and carry out such deeds that remove the wrath of Allah the Almighty. Furthermore, we should give some amount of money as charity to the needy people. The Messenger of Allah said: “Indeed charity extinguishes the Lord's anger and it protects against the evil death.” (Tirmidhi)

We must be aware that carrying out the obligatory deed in the blessed month of Ramdhan receives the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time and the performance of any of the (optional) good deeds in this month receives the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time. Therefore, we should not miss this golden opportunity; rather we should try our best to help the underprivileged people in this blessed month of Ramdhan. This will surely draw loads of happiness and blessings in both the worlds for the benefactor and donors.

Writer is teacher at MMERC, Mumbai