Being kind, generous, and share our happiness are greatly encouraged in Islam. Especially, for those who needed our attention and help. It is one absolute good deed from Allah, the most generous, to all his servants. One of them is to be kind and help the orphan, for those who able to manage to do so.
Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam states the following, “I and those who look after a life of an orphan, in the heaven will be placed in the place like this”, and Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam give a gesture, he lifts his index and middle finger and makes a gap in between.
This, define, that the merit will be so great and will be accepted, for those who look after an orphan, with willingness and not take it for granted. Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam also depict the heaven will be a very close to the heart and conscience of those who look after an orphan.
What else the good merit that can be obtained if you look after the orphans? Here, we explained to you the merit including the explanation:
1. The Merit Is As Great As Jihad
Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam has already guaranteed, that the merit for those who look after an orphan as equal as those who are doing jihad. Rasulullah explained to us that when we look after an orphan the merit is equal as wake up at night and fast for a day, then go out in the evening to do jihad in Allah’s name.
2. Protection On The Judgement Day
Another merit that you can get when you look after an orphan is that you will be safe, from Allah’s wrath and during the judgment day you will be protected from any threat that will happen to you. This privilege can only be acquired from someone who looks after an orphan, always kind, gentle, and tolerate flaws that the orphans have.
3. Easier Way To Go To Heaven
Nobody, not a single Moslem doesn’t want to go to and be in heaven with Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam in our next life. In one of the hadeeth, it is explained by looking after an orphan, giving drinks, food, and other needs, Allah promised will give you and place you in seven heavens in Islam. However, if they did not make a grave mistakes or sins during their lives and have not repented.
4. Receive An Enormous Merit
Everyone who always do good by looking after orphans will be granted a great merit and blessing from Allah. Not only while they live on the earth, but also in their next life. In the afterlife, where people being judged for their sins and merit.
“Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.” [An-Nisaa:40].
5. Glorified And Given Abundance Of Fortune
Allah will also give a lot, an abundance of fortune, and will also be glorified. Beside the dhikr to be granted this benefit, it can also be done by looking after orphans. But, the opposite effects will also happen that is when you, instead of looking after, choose to harm the orphans. Allah will definitely curse and belittle you as well as strain your fortunes and chance.
“And as for man, when his Lord tries him and [thus] is generous to him and favors him, he says, ‘My Lord has honored me’; But when He tries him and restricts his provision, he says, ‘My Lord has humiliated me’; No! But you do not honor the orphan.” [Al-Fajr ayat 15-17].
6. Be Included In the Group Of Those Who Uphold Faith
Someone who is very affectionate at the same time looking after orphans will also be included into the group of people with faith and taqwa by Allah SWT, as well as 6 Pillar of Iman and 6 Pillar of Islam
“Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Al Quran, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are righteous.” [Al Baqarah: 177].
7. Drink In The Heaven’s Spring Water
For Every Moslem in the world who already honor, look after, and help the orphans will be granted chances to drink from the spring in the heaven from Allah the most generous.
“Indeed, the righteous will drink from a cup [of wine] whose mixture is of Kafur; A spring of which the [righteous] servants of Allah will drink; they will make it gush forth in force [and abundance]; They [are those who] fulfill [their] vows and fear a Day whose evil will be widespread.” [Al-Insan: 5-6,8].
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8. Together In Heaven With Rasulullah SAW
Another benefit that you can achieve by looking after and helping orphans is to be close with Rasulullah when you are in the heaven, the distance is really short, only as long as the gap between index and middle finger.
Rasulullah states that, “I and those who look after a life of an orphan, in the heaven will be placed in the place like this”, and Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam give a gesture, he lifts his index and middle finger and make a gap in between. [Bukhari, Shahih Bukhari, Sahl bin Sa’ad As-Sa’idiy: 5304].
9. Their Need Will Be Fulfilled
Honor and look after orphans will grant you fulfillment of your need from Allah. This action is considered as charity in the Islam, one investment that you will never be bankrupt. As the hadeeth states.
“Those who invite orphans to eat between two Moslem parents, fulfill their needs, will going to heaven in the afterlife.” [Al-Baniy, Shahih At Targhib, Malik Ibnu Harits: 1895].
10. Attract A Good Fortune Into The House
Looking after the orphans well being will attract good fortune and abundance into the house of the person responsible. Because the best of the best house of a Moslem is the one who always loves and nurturing orphans, it is the ideal house in Islam.
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That is the explanation of what is the merit from looking after an orphan. We wish this information is useful to you.