Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: “And if you turn away from them (kindred, wayfarer, poor etc whom We have ordered you to give their rights but if you have no money at the time when they ask for it) and you are awaiting a mercy from your Lord, for which you hope then speak unto them a soft, kind word (i.e. Allah shall give me then I shall give you).” (TMQ-17:28)
This verse pertains to such a person who may be facing a financial crisis in his life and he may be hoping to get help from Allah (swt). If such a person’s relative ask him for help then he should not turn them down rudely or harshly. Instead he should excuse himself in a polite manner. In such situations people usually give the poor and the needy the rough side of their tongue. However, this kind of behavior is unacceptable in Islam
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: “The believing men and women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give Zakaat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those-Allah will have Mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (TMQ-9:71)
This verse shows that in contrast to the hypocrites, the true Muslims exhibit the traits of friendship and co-operation amongst themselves. A hadith states that the true Muslims are akin to a wall, in which each brick supports and strengthens the other. In another hadith the relationship amongst the true Muslims has been metaphorically compared to a human body in which a problem in an organ affects the rest of the organs. This implies that if a Muslim is in trouble then the rest of the Muslim brethren will feel aggrieved.
This verse emphasizes the importance of Salaat and Zakaat as a highest form of worship and states that the true Muslims establish Salaat, offer Zakaat and obey Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw) due to which they will be showered by Allah (swt)’s Mercy.
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