: In the name of Allah the most Beneficent the most Merciful.
May His peace and blessings be upon the role model of all believers, Muhammad the son of Abdullorh. His household, companions and those that follow the right path of monotheism till the day of reckoning. Aameen.
Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat and clothe him with best and the same with which you clothe your children without distinction.
According to what we learn in the teachings of Allah through Quran. The believers are protectors of one and other. So when we find those in need, such as the orphans and the widows, we should strive to help them. Below is are some reminders of the rewards for doing so.
Allah says: “And they feed, for the love of Allah, the poor, the orphan, and the captive…”
Soorah al-Insaan, 8
When a little girl cries halfway around the world, are her tears any less real? Would you like to be like a Mujaahid or like those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying?
- We know from another authentic Hadeeth that, One who cares for the 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 see Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter “The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans”The excellence of someone who provides for an orphan is rewardable. According to 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.”
The excellence of someone who provides for his orphan. ‘A’isha the mother of the believers 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.’
The excellence of someone who provides for an orphan in the company of his 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)
For those that would like that their heart to soften and Allah subhaanahuwata`aalaa to answer their prayers.
A man once came to the Messenger of Allah, pbuh 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
Would you like Allah Subhanahuwata`alaa to remove one of your griefs on the Day of Judgment?
“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.
The best house is a house in which orphans are well treated
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.
Would you like forgiveness and bounty from Allah subhanahuwata`ala?
“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 Baqorah verse 8.
Do you like angels to make Du’aa for you?
“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]
Would you like to be in the eternal Jannah with our beloved Prophet and the best of creation, sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam?
“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]
In Islam, re-marriage of widows has been greatly emphasized. At the same time, it has also been often stated that people, who bring up orphans, are very dear to Allah (swt). This should give a very good idea, as to what is the reward for someone who gets married to a widow and supports her children from her deceased husband.
May Allah ease our affairs and make us steadfast in practising what we have learnt, and make it a source of Jannah. Aameen.