Thursday, April 02, 2020

May The ONE in Heavens be Merciful to us...

Alhamdulillaah, it has been a soul cleansing experience for most of us to get closer to Allaah during this lockdown. And, to the healthy ones, this lockdown has sort of been a surprise holiday - a blessed period to spend unlimited time with family.

I do not mean that the pandemic hasn’t affected us n we r not praying for ourselves and for those affected worldwide. We do pray. But is it ALL that we are supposed to do?

Do we bother to know whether our neighbours have sufficient food to last through this lockdown? Do we care to think whether the child who stays next door gets to eat the snacks that our children do? That RICH old couple who stay nearby, did they manage to get their ration and medicines? Time has proven that having money in hand is not all that we need! That working single mother who NOW can’t leave behind her kids at home n can’t take them out too - did she get essentials for herself n her family? That young energetic bachelor who stays alone, perhaps met with an accident and can’t cook for himself - home deliveries aren’t working for anyone right now!

Allaah says (which means),

“And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, (saying), ‘We feed you only for the countenance of Allaah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.’”

[Surah al-Insaan 76: 8-9]

Note - The government allowances and charity organizations do not reach EVERY needy! It is our responsibility to try n help

 1. Those staying near us - they are our “neighbours”.

Subhan Allaah! The rights of neighbours maybe imagined in this statement of the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him): “Jibreel kept urging me that neighbours should be treated well until I thought he would make them heirs.”

[Bukhari/Muslim]

2. The needy - This group doesn’t comprise only those who ask for help or express their needs - those included in this group may or may not have wealth n riches -but if they do not have the MEANS to fulfil their needs in the present situation, then know that they are NEEDY. Help them!

Allaah says (which means),

“Those who spend their wealth (in Allaah’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”

[Surah al-Baqarah 2:274]

3. The poor - Helping the poor can’t stressed more. Remember - the poor are not always those who go out begging. Poor is often synonymous with beggars or those expressing their needs and seeking help. No. Those daily wagers who worked hard to support their families are STARVING today. The rewards of spending on the poor are countless, but there ARE poor in this world who would never beg for food! They earn working hard with their hands!

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”

[Sunan at-Tirmidhi]

We have practicing Muslims who keep their Zakaat to give it in Ramadaan, obviously for greater rewards. But, perhaps your Zakaat will be more rewarding to be given in this month of Shabaan than it would be when you part with it after a month, In sha Allaah. I request you to kindly spend your Zakaat on the deserving and eligible immediately.

NOW is the time to PRACTISE Islaam in it’s entirety! Do not let religion/caste/creed stop you from helping the needy. This is a one-time-opportunity - may Allaah never bring such a phase into our lives again. May Allaah help us to utilise this opportunity to earn HIS Mercy. May Allaah help us to understand the essence of the teachings of Islaam and implement them in such a manner that the world sees the true face of Islaam.

Ameen Ya Rabbil Aalameen!

REMINDER: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allaah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to HIS slaves on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim]

~ Umm Hashir.

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