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ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"One who strives to help
the widows and the poor is like the one who fights in the way of Allah
.'' The narrator said: I think that he (PBUH)
added also:
"I shall regard him as the one who stands up (for prayer) without rest and as the one who observes fasts
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Here the words `widow' and `poor' have been mentioned for example only while they cover the
whole range of indigent, invalid and needy people. Efforts for their care, support and welfare has been regarded
equivalent to Jihad. Islam has done full justice in supporting the helpless individuals and the entire poor class of the
society by elevating the status of those who undertake this noble task to the level of Mujahidun.
It makes it clear that worship is not restricted to prayers and fasting only but also covers every good deed. Thus,
those who are always mindful of the weak and the poor and constantly strive for their welfare are engaged in
perpetual worship.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ﻪﻨﻋو
ﻰَﻋْﺪُﻳو ، ﺎَﻬﻴِﺗْﺄﻳ ْﻦَﻣ ﺎﻬُﻌَﻨْﻤُﻳ ، ِﺔﻤﻴﻟﻮْﻟا ُمﺎَﻌَﻃ مﺎَﻌﱠﻄﻟا ﱡﺮَﺷ
ُﻪُﻟﻮُﺳَرو ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻰَﺼَﻋ ْﺪَﻘَﻓ َةﻮْﻋﱠﺪﻟا ِﺐِﺠُﻳ ْﻢَﻟ ْﻦَﻣو ، ﺎَهﺎَﺑْﺄَﻳ ْﻦَﻣ ﺎَﻬْﻴَﻟِإ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
ﺮه ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋ ﻦﻴﺤﻴﺤﺼﻟا ﻲﻓ ﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو
ﻪﻟﻮﻗ ﻦﻣ َةﺮﻳ
ُءﺎَﻴِﻨْﻏَﻷا ﺎَﻬْﻴَﻟِإ ﻰَﻋْﺪُﻳ ِﺔَﻤﻴِﻟَﻮْﻟا ُمﺎَﻌَﻃ ُمﺎَﻌﱠﻄﻟا َﺲْﺌِﺑ
ُءاَﺮَﻘُﻔﻟا ُكَﺮْﺘُﻳَو
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"The worst food is the
food of the marriage banquet from which those are left out who would like to come; and to which those are invited
who refuse to come. He who rejects an invitation disobeys Allah and His Messenger"
In another narration Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"The worst food is the food of the marriage banquet to which
the rich are invited and from which the poor are left out".
Our rich class has made Walimah (
marriage banquet given by the bridegroom
) a highly luxurious
affair and a means of displaying wealth and richness. This excessive exaggeration of a simple feast has brought in its
wake many religious, moral and social evils. In its present form, it is sheer extravagance and wastage which are
satanic acts and those who do it are brothers of Satan. It is such a big loss and serious threat that if our rich class is
left with any sense of religion, it should immediately abandon this extravagance which is escalating day by day. Its
moral disadvantage is that one invites in this function only men of his own status and not the the poor, whereas the
fact is that it is the latter who deserve to be invited because of their need, and not the former. Good manners also
warrant that the needy should be given priority over the affluent. Its social disadvantage is that display of wealth on
such occasions creates a sense of deprivation in the poor segments of society while what Islam teaches is the uplift,
material and moral help, consolation and encouragement and respectable treatment of the poor.
Instead of holding sumptuous feasts on Walimah, if the Muslims shift to one or two simple food items and invite the
poor along with their friends and relatives, they not only save themselves from all the three evils mentioned above,
but also prevent themselves from the accountability in the Hereafter; otherwise they will suffer loss in both the
This Hadith exhorts the Muslims to participate in the Walimah ceremony but it is the kind of feast which is simple
and in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﺲﻧَأ ﻦﻋو
َءﺎَﺟ ﺎَﻐُﻠْﺒَﺗ ﻰﱠﺘَﺣ ِﻦْﻴَﺘﻳِرﺎَﺟ َلﺎَﻋ ْﻦَﻣ
ِﻦْﻴَﺗﺎَﻬَآ ﻮُهَو ﺎَﻧَأ ِﺔَﻣﺎﻴِﻘﻟا َمﻮَﻳ
ُﻪَﻌِﺑﺎَﺻَأ ﱠﻢَﺿَو
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
ِﻦْﻴَﺘَﻳِرﺎَﺟ «
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"Whoever supports two girls till
they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this".
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) joined
his fingers illustrating this
In the pre-Islamic era, Arabs were greatly dejected and showed resentment on the birth of a daughter,
which in fact reflected the status of women in society, In order to give them their rightful place in the society, Islam
taught its followers to recognize their legitimate rights. Among the injunctions which were issued in this behalf, the
most important was that their proper upbringing, education and training were made a means to attain Jannah so that
people did not only feel joy over the birth of sons but also felt pleasure on the birth of daughters. In this respect,
Islam is the first religion which has not only ensured protection of their rights but also made full arrangements for