THE CARETAKER OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS

THE CARETAKER OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS

The Prophet used to look after the widows and orphans and he taught his followers to look after them too. He said: “The one who strives in caring for a widow or a poor person is like the one who strives in the path of God.”¹ In another narration, he said: “I and the caretaker of an orphan shall be in Paradise like this,” and he pointed with his index and middle finger and separated them a bit.²

He highlighted the plights of orphans and taught his followers their rights. He said: “The best house among the Muslims is the house in which resides an orphan who is treated well. And the worst house among the Muslims is the house in which resides an orphan who is treated badly.” On another occasion, he said: “A man once complained about his hard heart to God’s Messenger, and so the Prophet told him, “If you wish for your heart to become soft, feed the poor and take care of the orphan.” ⁹⁹4

I Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 5:2047 S5038. •Muslim in alŞaḥīḥ, 4:2286 $2982.

2 Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 5:2032 S4998. •Abū Dāwūd in al-Sunan, 4:338 $5150.

3 Set forth by Ibn Mājah in al-Sunan, 2:1213 $3679. •al-Bukhārī in al-Adab al-Mufrad, p. 61 $137.

4 Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 2:263 §7566. ●Abd b. Humayd in al-Musnad, 1:417 S1426.

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