Benefits of Helping Others

Helping others is a fundamental aspect of Islam since the teaching itself promotes peace. Apparently, helping others is the main principle that all Muslims should have obedience to. Obedience is not only achieved through prayers, yet Muslims also need to maintain their relationship with other people, that they need to take good care of treating others. In the ideal form of society, all resources should be divided equally for everyone in society so that there are no rich and poor. Allah says:

فَوَجَدَا فِيهَا جِدَارًا يُرِيدُ أَن يَنقَضَّ فَأَقَامَهُ قَالَ لَوْ شِئْتَ لَتَّخَذْتَ عَلَيْهِ أَجْرًا

“Then they found in it a wall which was on the point of falling, so he put it into the right state.” (Quran, Al-Kahf 18,77)

The act of helping each other in piety and righteousness is the thing that helps you to avoid Allah punishment. We, as a human being, may commit some unconscious sins. Helping others obligates you to have a little time wasted due to the productivity you achieve. In the modern era like this, we can keep helping other Muslims through the act of volunteering like raising money for the orphans and needy children or helping at the local mosque. Allah says:

وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them, for Allah is Almighty and Wise.” (Qur’an 9:71)

Millions of people are starving and forced to live a life in the absence of basic amenities They do not have food, clothes, and homes to live safe and healthy. Whatever caused this situation, these people are humans and it is your primary responsibility to help as many as you can.

What are the benefits of helping the poor and needy people?
  1. Helping others makes helps in relieving stress and depression
  2. Helping others promotes positive behaviors in teen
  3. Helping others reflects our gratitude to Allah
  4. Helping others helps us through our last day
  5. Helping others forbids us into the Hellfire
  6. Helping others Muslim as we’re one
  7. Helping others can cure our stress
  8. Helping others can erase our sins
  9. Helping others makes you calm
  10. Helping others makes us happy
  11. Helping others lowers blood pressure
  12. Helping others can help you live longer
  13. Helping others is good for the economy
  14. Helping others makes religiously satisfied
  15. Helping others may help with chronic pain
  16. Helping others as Allah will reward us goodness
  17. Helping others gives us a sense of purpose and satisfaction
  18. Helping others causes a chain reaction of other altruistic acts

One of the better ways to help the poor and needy people is to give them a hand up rather than a handout. Giving them moral support, showing heartfelt humility and respect makes them aware that someone really does care about them and trying to improve their condition. By providing them with the opportunities to improve their condition on their own would increase their self-esteem and help them in overcoming barriers they face every day. Allah says:

“Behold, you are those who are called upon to spend in Allah’s Way, but some of you are niggardly. Whoever is niggardly is, in fact, niggardly to himself. For Allah is All-Sufficient, whereas it is you who are in need of Him. If you turn away, He will replace you by a people other than you, and they will not be like you.” (Quran 47:38)

Helping others is an act of kindness. However, the act of kindness is also the main highlight in Islam as the religion of peace. Allah already told us that by spreading kindness to others, we will be rewarded with goodness in return. If we are helping others, Allah promises to help us in return. Allah says:

“And those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend in the Path of Allah then warn them of the painful torment.” (Quran, 9:34)

It is not just about helping the poor but also about saving kids and adults from choosing ways that are unethical. A number of criminals forced were forced to do what is illegal and harmful to others. You can take an initiative to prevent kids and others from walking on that road. You can save somebody’s life by making a donation that can help people in gaining basic amenities. Allah says

“You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend.” (Quran 3:92)

Poor people in every nation are always the ones who suffer the most. They are suppressed and treated as inferior to their richer counterparts. You can play a very important role in someone’s life if you help that person in getting a better education. This world needs more and more good people who can do good deeds to support others in improving their lifestyle. You do not need to spend millions of dollars; a few hundred bucks can also work to bring a smile on many kids’ faces.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “But they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners.” (Quran 8:30)
  • “You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend.” (Quran 3:92)
  • “And those saved from the covetousness of their own souls; they are the ones that achieve prosperity.” (At-Taghabun 64:16)
  • “If you give charity openly then what a good thing it is; and if you give to beggars, hiding it is better for you than everything, and He will remove some of your sins. And Allah is Aware of what you do.” (Qur’an 2:271)

Many patients lose their life because they cannot afford to pay for expensive medical bills. These financially disabled people need help so that they can get a chance to survive. In fact, we should help living things which exist on this planet. Help others without any selfishness, there should not be any personal interest and whatever you do selfishness, this will come back again to you when you actually need help. Allah says:

“Verily Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they change it themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

You do not need to be Superman or Bill Gates to be able to do something for those who are helpless. Through simple ways, you can make a difference in society. Who knows? Other people could be inspired by what you do, and they would act to help the poor too. Moreover, those you help in little ways now could be the ones to help you big time in the future. Allah says:

“Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Quran 7:199)

Being a part of the society, it is equally our duty to take the lead and come out of our houses to help the needy and poor. Ever imagined the number of starving deaths and emaciated people. Trying to be a human is the need of this hour and it can be attained in several other ways! Here are the ways you can prove your existence in society by helping the poor and the needy.

وَلَا تَطْرُدِ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ ۖ

Do not turn away those who call upon their Lord in the morning and evening, seeking His countenance. ” (Sahih Muslim 2413)

One should treat the poor and needy people with respect and understanding. This would make a huge difference in their lives. Give them the same respect and courtesy you would accord your friends and family members. Respond to them with a kind word and a smile.  May Allah allow us all to be forthcoming in helping others and being leaders in kindness, compassion and empathy, Aameen.

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