You can easily pick some hadith about helping others that address the people to do good to others. A major portion of the Quran teaches to help others, and that is why helping others has been a key aspect in Islam.
Today, we are exploring what the Hadith says about helping others. So, let’s identify some of the Hadith that determine why helping others is important and what is the reward for it. So, let’s begin!
Hadith About Helping Others
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is hard-pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter.
Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah would make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him.
And those persons who assemble in the house among the houses of Allah (mosques) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Qur’an (among themselves) there would descend upon them tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his (high) lineage does not make him go ahead.
Source: Sahih Muslim 2699
Salim reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: A Muslim is the brother of a fellow-Muslim. He should neither commit oppression upon him nor ruin him, and he who meets the need of a brother, Allah would meet big needs, and he who relieved a Muslim from hardship Allah would relieve him from the hardships to which he would be put on the Day of Resurrection, and he who did not expose (the follies of a Muslim) Allah would conceal his follies on the Day of Resurrection.
Hadith About Helping Others In Arabic
عَنْ سَالِمٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ الْمُسْلِمُ أَخُو الْمُسْلِمِ لاَ يَظْلِمُهُ وَلاَ يُسْلِمُهُ مَنْ كَانَ فِي حَاجَةِ أَخِيهِ كَانَ اللَّهُ فِي حَاجَتِهِ وَمَنْ فَرَّجَ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ كُرْبَةً فَرَّجَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ بِهَا كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرَبِ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِمًا سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ” .
Source: Sahih Muslim 2580
Meaning Of Helping Others In Islam
Al-Hawaij, needs, are things required to complete ones affairs whereas Ad-Daruraat are things he required to ward off harm from himself. And preventing harm is obligatory.
It is incumbent on any individual who notices harm regarding his brother to rid him of it. So, if he observes that he is in dire need of food, drink, shelter or warmth, it becomes obligatory for him to meet his needs; it is compulsory for him to eliminate or wipe out his desiderata.
Indeed, some scholars stated that if a person is in dire need of food or drink which happens to be in the possession of another who is not in a similar state of necessity but denies the first of his request, and then the needy dies, the possessor would be held responsible fornegligence of not saving his brother from destruction.
Even if the need is not extreme, the appropriate step is to assist your brother to meet his need; you should facilitate this for him so long it is harmful to him.
However, if it would be to his detriment, you should not help him because Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – says:
“But do not help one another in sin and transgression.”Surah Maidah: 2.
If it is assumed that someone is in need of smoking cigarette, and he asks you to assist him pay for it or something similar, it is not permissible for you to aid him even if he is in need of it.
You must not help him even if you observe him becoming restless as a result of his desire to smoke cigarette because Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – says:
“But do not help one another in sin and transgression.”
You must not assist him, even if he were your father and would become angry at you for declining to get it for him, let him be angry because his anger is inappropriate.
You would actually be showing kindness and dutifulness to him, not a disobedient child, when you refuse to get him what may harm him.
And that for the reason that it is goodness, and of its best forms is inhibiting your father from what may harm him.
The Prophet SAW said: ‘Help your brother when he oppresses or is oppressed’. The Companions said: O Messenger of Allah, how do we help him when he oppresses? He SAW said, ‘Prevent him from injustice, and that is your helping him’.
So you must assist your brothers on such needs, and Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will always provide for you as long as you help your brother.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW said: ‘…he who relieves a hard-pressed person, Allah will bring him relief in this Life and on the Day of Resurrection’.
So when you see a hard-pressed person and you make things easy for him, Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will ease your affairs in this world and the Hereafter.
For instance, you notice a person who does not have money to buy food or drink for his family, Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will ease (your affair) for you in this world and the Hereafter if you facilitate that for him.
Likewise, it behooves you to ease the affair of an insolvent because Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – says:
“And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay”Surah Baqarah: 280
Indeed, scholars have explained that whoever has a hard-pressed debtor is prohibited to seek the debt from him, you may ask someone to pay it on his behalf or take the matter to a judge.
He must give him adequate time to repay the debt. And you come across some people – and the refuge is with Allah -, who do not fear Allah or show mercy to the slaves of Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – who seek restitution from the bankrupt.
They pressurize them, report them to the authorities, detain them, harm them and keep them away from their families and homes. This is wrong.
If the bankruptcy of a person is proven, it becomes obligatory for the judge to relieve him of this hardship by invalidating the rights of his creditors.
Some people – and the refuge is with Allah – would trick theirdebtors into accepting another round of debts from them, but this time with an interest. For instance, he would advise him to buy some goods from him at an extra cost, but pay later.
Alternatively, he would collude with a third person and tell the debtor to meet him for a loan in order to pay him.
So the situation will linger until this poor fellow becomes akin to a ball being kicked around by little boys in the hands of these two ungodly persons, and the refuge is with Allah.
The summary is that if you notice a person pursuing a hard-pressed person, explain to him that he is a sinner and it is forbidden for him; rather, it is obligatory for him to give his debtor more time because Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – says:
“And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then granthim time till it is easy for him to repay”Surah al-Baqarah: 280
And when he becomes harsh with his Muslim brother, perhaps Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will also be harsh with him in this world, the Hereafter or both.
And it is feared that Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – may hasten his punishment for him. A form of punishment is his persistence in seeking to retrieve his debt from a hard-pressed debtor because his sins will continue to increase as he insists on his demand.
And on the other hand, we seek protection from Allah, we see people who delay settling the rights due on them even though they have the capacity to settle them.
You find him telling his creditor to come back the next day, but he would repeat the same line next day and the situation will persist.
It has been authentically reported from the Prophet SAW that, ‘The delay of the rich person in paying his debt is injustice’.
Since it is injustice, every hour or moment that passes while he hasthe capability to repay the loan, will only increase him in sins.
We beseech Allah for safety and wellbeing for you and us.