Extend a Hand, Author: Issa Abbasi

The nation of Haiti is in dire need.  After last week’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake and a reported 33 aftershocks, relief agencies estimated a death toll measuring anywhere between 100,000 to 200,000 people with 250,000 Haitians injured and 1 million left homeless.

All of these numbers are enough to boggle one’s mind.  But one essential question that I have heard some ask is “Should we help those who are not Muslim?”

In my personal opinion, that question is absurd.  It’s ridiculous and preposterous to think this way.  How can anyone ask that question?

The answer obviously is a large YES!  Muslims should help anyone in any time of need and we have clear evidence in the history of our religion that commands us to extend a hand, even if we don’t know whether or not someone is in need.

“And remember when We took a covenant from the Children of Israel: ‘You shall worship none but Allah, be good (ihsaan!) to your parents, relatives, orphans (yateem), and destitute (masakeen), and speak fair to the people, establish salah, and pay Zakah.’ But you broke the covenant except for a few of you, and you paid no heed.” (Qur’an, 2:83).

And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (the poor), the orphan, and the captive, (saying) “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.  “Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislike to it).” (Qur’an, 76: 8-10)

The verse above from the Qur’an reminds us also in the nature of giving charity.  If we give, let us purify our intention and give charity, food, clothing, whatever the item may be, in secret and expecting no reward from anyone but our Lord.  This helps us a) keep our intention pure and b) protects us from showing off and being arrogant.

Sadly, with natural tragedies such as the earthquake in Haiti, many children will become orphans.  But you and I can help.  And when we help, our reward will be so great in the Hereafter.  Just read the following hadith to see what you can expect if you support an orphan, anywhere, anytime in this world.

“I and the guardian of an orphan will be in Jannah like these two fingers and he joined his two fingers.” (Al-Bukhari, Hadith no. 4892)

And yet, we have people questioning why they should help people, I know, it’s sad that some think this way.

“As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him, and believes in Al-Husna (good). We will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness).” (Qur’an, 92:5-7)

I close with a profound quote by this blog’s creator, Ahmad Yousaf, who in my study group last night said, “How can you go wrong when you extend a hand?”

May Allah s.w.t. accept all of your monetary and in kind donations for any cause.

Additional Links to help Haiti




~ by Yousaf on January 22, 2010.

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