“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)
“And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.”
Removing something harmful from the road is an act of charity in gratitude to Allah (swt) that is available to almost everyone. It is a seemingly small act and yet its magnitude is so great. The Prophet (s) tells us that it is considered a charitable act by Allah (swt).
In another hadith the Prophet (s) describes the act of removing something from the road as being a branch of imaan or faith:
“Faith is seventy- or sixty- some odd branches. The most virtuous of them is the statement, ‘There is none worthy of worship but Allah.’ And the lowest of them is removing something harmful from the path. And hayaa (modesty) is part of faith.” (Recorded in Muslim)
If the Muslims of today were to abide by this teaching, our streets would be cleanest in the world!
How many of us see something harmful in the road, and yet do not think that it is our duty to do anything about it? The truly sad thing is that goes beyond laziness to something deeper. Many Muslims today actually feel that it is beneath them, to pick up something dirty from the road. When we feel like this, it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the teachings of Islam, and a lack of gratitude to our Creator (swt).
Let’s put this noble teaching into practice in our lives. Let’s clean up our streets and demonstrate our love and gratitude towards our Creator (swt).