Loving the poor for Allah’s Sake – Sunday 29th April 2012
Narrated by Abu Dharr (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu): “My Khalil (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) commanded me with seven matters: He commanded me with loving the Maasakin and drawing close to them,…” (Reported by Ahmed and authenticated by Al-Albaani in Sahîh al-Targhib wat-Tarhib No. 811)
Loving the Maasakin requires sincerity to Allah.
Loving the Maasakin (poor) means to benefit them in their worldly and religious affairs – If it happened that you benefitted them out of love for them and being good to them, then this deed becomes purely for the sake of Allaah.
Ibn Rajab (Rahimahullaah) said: “Loving the Maasakin confirms the sincerity to Allah, because doing good to the poor out of love for them will not be except for Allah’s sake. There is usually no hope for any benefit from them in this world (they cannot benefit you in return in this world).”
The poor people have no worldly properties that make the people love them for its sake. Therefore, loving them for the sake of Allaah is the strongest handhold of faith. It is one of the signs of tasting the sweetness of faith and this is the clear faith.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) advised more than one companion to love the Maasakin. (Ikhtiyar al-Awlaa fee sharh Hadith Ikhlis al-Mula’ al-Alaa)