Last updated on February 17th, 2018 at 08:27 am
Helping a Muslim
It has been mentioned in a hadith that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said:
“One who helps someone in his need, Allah helps him in his work, and one who removes any worry or trouble of any Muslim. Allah, in return, will removes his worries on the Day of Judgment”. [Abu Dawud)
Small help like showing someone the way, sharing someone’s load or helping him with it, and all other acts which are meant to help another person are included in the acts defined by this hadith.
Concealing others Weaknesses
If one comes to know of somebody’s shortcomings, it is a matter of great merit if he conceals it front others provided this shortcoming is not harmful or dangerous to others. According to Abu Hurairah, our Holy Prophet ﷺ has said that:
“Allah shall conceal on the Day of Judgment the shortcomings of the one who conceals the shortcomings of others” (Sahih Muslim)
Aqabah ibn Amir also relates that our eternally blessed Prophet ﷺ has said that:
“The action of one who conceals the shortcoming of another is as if he saved a girl from being buried alive (Mustadrik: Hakim. p.334, volume 4)
One who calls others to the right path of good deeds gets as much merits as those who act upon his guidance. And the merits of the doer’s arc not reduced thereby. And one who calls others to do wrong sins as much as the collective sins of those who follow him in sinning and their sins shall not be reduced at all” (Sahih Muslim).
Hence no opportunity of giving good advice and guiding others should be lost, but care should be taken to adopt a method of preaching good which is not insulting or irksome to the other person.
One should not criticize others in Public nor should one adopt an overbearing anti proud stance, advice should be given in privacy and in a soft tune showing one’s sympathy and care. Hence one should choose a time for advice when the other person is not worried.
You should know that it is not at all necessary to spend overmuch to gain merit; one has to spend only as much as he can afford. If one has only a dollar and spends one cent on some good work, he is like someone who has hundred thousand dollars and spends a thousand dollars.
Allah does not care for human wealth; Allah values the purity of intent. Maximum Sadaqah with pure intent is as much pleasing to Allah as great spending and cams much merit anti reward.
There is no one in the world who is entirely innocent and has never done wrong or committed any mistake. That’s why everyone craves Allah’s pardon. Therefore, when someone makes a mistake, the aggrieved person should think of himself as a seeker of Divine pardon and forgive the wrongdoer. There is a saying in the Quran which says that a forgiving person can expect Divine forgiveness for his own faults and misdeeds.