CEO & EDITOR OF MUSLIM MAGAZINE EMEL
Save An Orphan SUPPORTER
"The Prophet (pbuh) himself was an orphan, his father dying before he was born and his mother dying when he was just six years old. This is perhaps why he
had so much empathy with the orphan child saying, "he who cares for the orphan child will be like this with me on the Day of Judgement", and he held up two fingers close together.
His grandfather was his protector, but it could so easily have been that this was not the case. He could so easily have been cast out and alone, with no parent
to care for him. This is after all, the fate of millions upon millions of children across the world. Such children rely on the charity of those of us who are blessed, by Allah's
grace, to have stability and wealth. Yet, perhaps we feel we have given enough, that there are so many causes which are demanding our resources. It is at this point that we must
remember two things.
Firstly, charity is an investment for the future. Allah has promised a 700% return on investment, where in the Qur'an He says, "The parable of those who spend
their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and
God is infinite, all-knowing." (2:261)
Secondly, we must remember that as the Prophet said, "wealth is not diminished by charity." Therefore whatever we give in this world, with the right intention,
will not reduce our wealth in the slightest. When the Qur'an reminds us in multiple places to care for the orphan, it is a reminder of the importance of this form of charity.
So let us not be, as the Qur'an reminds us, the kind of man who "...gives the lie to all moral law? Behold, it is this [kind of man] that thrusts the orphan away." (107:1-2)
Rather, let us be amongst those who, like the Prophet, loved the orphan child. And in so doing, let us be amongst those who are close to the orphaned Prophet on the Last Day."