Thursday, March 15, 2007

Message for Friday - Muslims should benefit all people

الخلق كلهم عيال الله وأحب الخلق إلى الله أنفعهم لعياله

Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) stated, "All creatures are the dependents of G'd, and the most loved of creatures to G'd are those who benefit his dependents."

خير الناس من نفع الناس

He also said, "The best of the people is the one who has benefitted the people."

The life of a Muslim should not be soley for the benefit of only himself, his immediate family, tribe or brothers in faith. A Muslim is summoned to benefit others including the broader society.

لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي أَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ

G'd says in the Qur'an (95:4): Most certainly We have created man in the most excellent mold.

The Islamic religion calls for humans to be concerned about all of the creation of G'd, the best of it being the human family. Thus, a Muslim and Muslim groups are to be charitable to all humans be they Muslim or Non-Muslims. Moreover, their planning should include or factor in long term remedies on empowering people instead of having them being reliant on charity. Assisting people to gain their independence of slavishly relying on others is a great benefit as well as reminding the people that they are subservient to none but G'd.

And surely G'd knows best.

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