Benevolent Treatment towards Orphans, Girls, the Weak, the Poor and theHumble Persons

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 33
Benevolent Treatment towards Orphans, Girls, the Weak, the Poor and the Humble
Persons

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“And lower your wings for the believers (be courteous to the fellow-believers)”. (15:88)

“And keep yourself (O Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)) patiently with those who call on their Rubb (i.e., your companions who remember their Rubb with glorification, praising in prayers, and other righteous deeds) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world.” (18:28)

“Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression. And repulse not the beggar.” (93:9,10)

“Have you seen him who denies the Recompense? That is he who repulses the orphan (harshly). And urges not the feeding of Al-Miskin (the poor)”. (107:1-3)

260. Sa`d bin Abu Waqqas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Six of us were with the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) when the infidels said to him: “Drive these ones away, lest they should begin to venture against us”. The six were, myself, Ibn Mas`ud, a man of the Hudhail tribe, Bilal and two other men whose names I don’t know. Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) thought what Allah wished him to think, and Allah revealed: “And turn not away those who invoke their Rubb, morning and afternoon seeking His Face.” (6:52)
[Muslim].

261. `Aidh bin `Amr Al-Muzani (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Abu Sufyan passed by Salman, Suhaib and Bilal and some other Companions  (May Allah be pleased with them). They said to him: “Did not the swords of Allah exact their due from the foes of Allah?” Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) said to them: “Do you speak like this to the chief of the Quraish and their master?” Then he went to the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and related this to him. He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Abu Bakr, perhaps you have angered them. If so, you have angered your Rubb”. Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) went back to them  and said: “Brothers, did I offend you?” They replied: “No. May Allah forgive you, brother”.
[Muslim].

262. Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “I will be like this in Jannah with the person who takes care of an orphan”. Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) raised his forefinger and middle finger by way of  illustration.
[Al-Bukhari].

263. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who takes care of an orphan, whether he is his relative or a stranger, will be in Jannah with me like these two”. The narrator, Malik bin Anas raised his forefinger and middle finger for illustration.
[Muslim].

264. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “A Miskin (needy) is not the one who can be turned away with a date-fruit or two, or a morsel or two. The true Miskin is one who, despite his poverty, abstains from begging”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

 In another narration Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ” A Miskin is not the one who goes round begging from people and who can be turned away with a morsel or two, or a date-fruit or two. A true Miskin is he who does not find enough to suffice him, does not disclose his poverty so that he might be given alms, and does not stand up to beg”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

265. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “One who strives to help the widows and the poor is like the one who fights in the way of Allah.” The narrator said: I think that he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) added also: “I shall regard him as the one who stands up (for prayer) without rest and as the one who observes fasts continuously”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

266. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The worst food is the food of the marriage banquet from which those are left out who would like to come; and to which those are invited who refuse to come. He who rejects an invitation disobeys Allah and His Messenger”.
[Muslim].

 In another narration Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The worst food is the food of the marriage banquet to which the rich are invited and from which the poor are left out”.
[Muslim].

267. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever supports two girls till they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this”. Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) joined his fingers illustrating this.
[Muslim].

268. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: A woman came to me with her two daughters. She asked me (for charity) but she found nothing with me except one date-fruit, so I gave it to her. She accepted it and then divided it between her two daughters and herself ate nothing out of that. She then got up and went out. When Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) came in, and I narrated to him the story, he said, “He who is involved (in the responsibility) of (bringing up) daughters, and he is benevolent towards them, they would become protection for him against Hell-fire”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

269. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: A poor woman came to me carrying her two daughters. I gave her three date-fruits. She gave a date to each of them and then she took up one date-fruit and brought that to her mouth to eat, but her daughters asked her that also. She then divided between them the date-fruit that she intended to eat. This (kind) treatment of her impressed me and I mentioned that to Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who said, ‘Verily, Allah has assured Jannah for her, because of (this act) of her,” or said, “He (SWT) has rescued her from Hell-Fire”.
[Muslim].

270. Abu Shuraih Khuwailid bin `Amr Al-Khuza`i (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “O Allah, I declare inviolable the rights of two weak ones: the orphans and women”.
[An-Nasa’i].

271. Mus`ab bin Sa`d bin Abu Waqqas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Sa`d considered himself better than his inferiors, so the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said to him, “You are given help and provision because of your weak ones”.
[Al-Bukhari].

272. Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Seek among your weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.”
[Abu Dawud].