Hadith 26: Helping Each Other

“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)

“Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act.”

Every act that a Muslim performs to help another person is pleasing to Allah (swt). In the part of the hadith the Prophet (s) states that even helping someone else onto or into their form of transport, or helping them with their baggage, is a charitable act.

Helping one another relieves the burdens and hardships in life. We cannot meet all our needs alone, we must seek help from others. When we assist each other in everyday tasks, this helps to develop love and togetherness amongst the Muslim community.

In fact, Allah (swt) has commanded the Muslims to help one another. He (swt) says:

“Help you one another in virtue and piety” (Surah al-Maaidah:2)

Included in the acts referred to in this hadith in this day and age would be giving one another a lift, helping each other if we have problems with our car and so forth. We should never overlook even the smallest opportunity to provide assistance to others with the intention of seeking the reward of Allah (swt).

 

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