“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Abu Huaira (r) embraced Islam in the seventh year after hijrah, and was well known for his piety. Abu Huraira (r) was his kunya or nickname and it means the father of cats, after the pets that he (r) so loved. His given name was Abdul Rahmaan ibn Sakhr ibn al-Dausi. He (r) was a constant companion of the Prophet (s), and lived in the Prophet’s (s) mosque as one of the people known as ahl al-Suffa, or the people of the verandah, due to his living there. His (r) close proximity to the Prophet (s) meant that he was able to relate more hadith than any other companion, 5374 in total. The Prophet (s) guided Abu Huraira (r) to an act that would ensure that he never forgot any of the hadith that he learnt, which was that at night, along with praying the late night prayer, he (r) would study and memorise hadith. He was very cautious when narrating them.
“Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. “
When we think of every small bone and how it takes its place in the human body, interacting with the bones around it to give us stability and mobility, one cannot help but wonder at the majesty of our Creator, Allah (swt).
Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
“O man! What has made you careless about your Lord, the Most Generous? [He] who created you perfectly, and gave you due proportion. In whatever form He willed, He put you together.” (Surah al-Infitaar:6-8)
He (swt) points to this miracle as one of His Signs:
“We shall show them our signs in the Universe and in their own selves until it becomes manifest to them that this is the truth” (Surah al-Fusslat:53)
This should make the believer ask, how should we show our gratefulness for this blessing that is this amazing human body? This hadith illustrates the answer for us. We should use these bones to do acts of kindness and charity to show our gratitude to Allah (swt). These acts should be done everyday that Allah (swt) blesses us with the ability to do so.