Orphan Care

Islam urges for the virtues and the nobilities of morality. One of the noble moralities is: the charity to ORPHANS.

Almighty Allah says, “Have you seen him who denies the deen? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the ORPHAN and does not urge the feeding of the poor.”

{Surah Al-Ma’un Chapter 107:Verse 1-3}

The verses of Surah Al-Ma’un cover the vices of boastfulness and pride, miserliness and hypocrisy, but before all of these harmful vices, Almighty Allah in this chapter mentions the active repulsion of the orphan. To be an orphan is to be without the warmth, shelter and security that a parent’s care provides naturally. That this should stir our compassionate instincts is understandable, as is Allah’s stern reprimand to the one who would repulse them, especially since their condition in this life mirrors all of ours’ on the Day of Judgment.

Almighty Allah, in His infinite wisdom, made Prophet (peace be upon him) an orphan. The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was orphaned three times over, of his father, mother and then grandfather. What is striking in the life of the Prophet(peace be upon him) is that in society’s eyes, he had nothing, and yet Allah used him as an instrument to evoke the greatest changes in society the world has ever seen.

Entering Paradise is a great reward won by the believers; then how about accompanying the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in it?

This is a degree that can be reached by those who are charitable to orphans.

Hadith #1

According to Hazrat Abu hurayra (Radiyallahu Anhu), “Allah’s messenger(peace be upon him) said, ‘I and the caretaker of an orphan, whether a relative or not, are in paradise like these two,’ and Malik (the narrator) pointed with his index and middle finger.”

{Sahih Muslim, Kitab Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqaiaq, Hadith #2983; Ahmad b. Hambal in Al-Musnad 2:375, Hadith #8868; Al Mundhiri in Al-Targhib wa Al-Tarhib, Hadith #3832}

Hadith #2

According to ibn’abbas (Radiyallahu Anhu), the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever has an orphan among the muslims partake of his food or drink, Allah will cause him to enter paradise – unless he commits an unpardonable sin.”

{Imam-Tirmidhi in al-Sunan, Kitab Al-Birr wa al-sila, Hadith #1917; Ahmad b. Hambal in Al-Musnad, 4:344 Hadith #I9047; Abu Yala in Al-Musnad Hadith #926; Imam Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman Hadith #7886}

Minhaj Interfaith & Welfare Foundation works for empowering Orphans by providing financial help for Orphans for their studies. Please sponsor a Orphan child’s education by donating Sadaqa/Zakat to MIWF.