Caring for orphans is a major part of Islam. In the Holy book Qur’an, Orphans are mentioned 22 times.
According to the religious transcript the finest home is the one where an orphan is loved, supported, and is regarded in a caring and affectionate manner, and the most terrible is that house in which an orphan lives and is handled with dreadful or heartlessly. This is according to hadiths:
The Messenger of Allah (saw) 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’. [Bukhari]
So, what we learn from the above Hadith is the ‘ideal home’ is not accomplished by any pricey product or expensive furniture, the most valuable home is one which demonstrates good treatment for orphans.
In the Last Preaching (khutbah) provided on Hajj, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) informed us:
That all people are completely equivalent in condition ‘except in holiness (piety) and kind (good) deeds’.
Dawud said, “Be like a merciful father towards the orphan. Know that you will reap as you sow. How ugly poverty is after wealth! More than that:
How ugly is misguidance after guidance! When you make a promise to your friend, fulfil your promise. If you do not, it will bring about enmity between you and him. Seek refuge in Allah from a companion who, when you mention something to him, does not help you and who does not remind you when you forget.”
To get near to the Prophet (saw) you do not need to be one of the Sahabah (Companions) or stand all evening on a prayer mat or hand out all your fortune. By simply helping an Orphan you can achieve this status.
The power of charity is that it never reduces your treasures. By Giving charity Allah blesses our fortune as well as enhances it, for only Allah can manage our rizq (requirement).
It is so magnificent that Allah identifies not only the everyday help we give to orphans like food, medical facility, education, and clothing but also the fact that we have actually brought them joy and happiness via our support. After understanding that some person out there respects and loves them, and their future has some hope the same as what every child deserves.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: ‘Paradise has a door which is called Joy, only for those who bring joy to children will pass through it” (DAILAMI)
We pray we can bring so much pleasure to orphans that we are one day called with the gate of Joy right into Jannah.
The superiority of somebody who caters for an orphan
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his two fingers. (Bukhari)
’Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer’ (Muslim)
Abu Darda reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Bring the orphan close to you, pat his head, and feed him with the same food you eat. It will soften your heart and fulfil your need.”
Abu Huraira reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he complained about the hardness of his heart. The Prophet said, “If you want to soften your heart, feed the poor and pat the head of the orphan.”
You will continue to acquire benefit for your kindness. Whenever they use something, they studied at college or madrasa, you will be rewarded. Every single time they make Dua for you, you will certainly benefit.
Think about this, you transformed an orphan’s life and helped them meet their potential, you will obtain the benefit for their actions. The extent of these benefits are countless. Just think that you only helped one orphan to change his/her life, but they can change many lives in the future. Imagine what your orphan can do or become, teach and build; who knows how many numerous lives they will amend? All this with your support.
The Messenger of Allah said:
When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three:
knowledge from which benefit is gained.
Righteous child who prays for him.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “One who lends effort to the widows and the poor is like one waging jihad in the way of Allah, or one who regularly prays at night and fasts during the day.”
Aiding an orphan exceeds merely improving an orphan’s life. Your donation can be a lifeline for a youngster in need.
The orphans we aid are from poor households that cannot even manage basic healthy food let alone education or medical needs. Yearly, around 3.1 million kids are passing away due to poor nourishment.
By sponsoring a orphan, you can shield them from the disastrous results of hunger and also poor nutrition; you can possibly be saving the life. And in the Quran, it says:
Whoever saves one life, it is as if he had saved all of mankind.” (QUR’AN 5:32)