For God’s Sake, Help Them!

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar:

Allah’s Messenger said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.” Sahih al-Bukhari 2442

Yes, their presence will inconvenience us. Hosting them will cost money. Some of them may even bring disease or cause trouble. It is true that we don’t know how many more will come or when, if ever, they will leave.

But despite all that, they are still our brothers and sisters. And they are being oppressed. Allah has made it a duty on every one of us to help them. Surely, the reward will be many times more than whatever hardship helping them brings us. Or do we not believe in His reward?

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