Ramadan: Ayah of the Day #11

Alhamdulillah for another beautiful day of Ramadan. Even though I am a little off track track on my goals for this month, a little sad too about it, but in sha Allah, I will come up to the challenge. And so shall you! May Allah swt make it easy for me and for all of you. Ameen. Today’s ayah is a beautiful reminder of how Islam is all about mercy and compassion.

Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression, (Ad Duhaa 9)

Allah swt commands us in this ayah not to be oppressive with an orphan. Treating an orphan who is under your care, has certain rights on you for which Allah will hold you to account for. Just because an orphan is a young child, is not that much aware of life as it is, and may be trusting you blindly, as you are bringing him up, it is an utmost obligation on you, to take care of him, his property and everything in a just manner. You should not be deriving personal benefits from his wealth. He and his belongings are an amanah with you, and Allah doesn’t like those who steal away from amanah.

Second, whether he is rich or he is poor, if he has been placed under your guidance, Allah swt asks you to treat him with mercy, kindness and compassion. And this applies to everyone of us. How we treat others is a reflection of who we are. So, when it come to orphans, ensure that you are treating them well, embracing them with an open heart not just for showing off to the people. They might not know, but Allah swt is aware of your intentions. They might not be watching you, but remember Allah swt is.

Have you ever imagined, how hard life is for an orphan. Imagine yourself being alone, no father to take care of your needs, no mother to pamper and protect you. It is the scariest feeling I have. Alhamdulillah, Allah swt has not tested me and you with such a difficult trial. And we have been blessed with family and friends. There are people who have no one for family. They are not forsaken, for Allah swt will always be with them and He will always protect and take care of them, but they are living in this world, alone.  Imagine for a moment, being all alone, by yourself in this world! May Allah swt protect us from such a thing. Ameen.

If you cannot take care of them or help them in any way, you can still be human to them. They deserve your best behavior. Nothing less than that. How much would it cost you, to be that person in their life, whom they can smile and laugh with, or be friends with. One kind word to an orphan, one loving pat, might be their best part of the day. They only crave attention, some soft words, a good treatment, respect! How hard can it be for us to be generous with our words and actions towards them.

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) 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.
(Sahih Al Bani 7:137)

One should always treat an orphan with compassion and kindness. Show them some extra love and mercy. Be empathetic to the creation of Allah, be merciful to them , if you want  Allah swt to be merciful to you. It won’t cost you anything,  but it will cheer their hearts instead. Just because you and I have been blessed by Allah swt in ways they are not, doesn’t give you any right to think any less of them. One should never scorn, or look down upon, or disregard an orphan. We should remember that our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) was an orphan too. How would you feel, if you or someone dear to you, be treated in the same way. Always remember to treat others like you yourself would want to be treated. Kindness and Empathy go a long way!

May Allah swt open our hearts to the orphans and those in need. May He swt make us among the loving, compassionate and empathetic people. May He swt make us among the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) in Jannah.

Ameen.

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