Prophetic guidance on Serving Humanity (Khidma)

Almighty Allah made the religion of Islam, a religion of mercy, ease, moderation, clemency and temperance. The Holy Prophet(peace be upon him)  was sent as mercy to the whole of creation; and he is full of compassion and kindness. There are several traditions from the Holy Prophet(peace be upon him) which prove that he was mercy and that Almighty Allah gifted him as a mercy for His servants. Mercy holds a primary place in Islam and high moral values are set in our religion. An act which may look very insignificant has great virtues in it. Here are some traditions which show how serving the creation of Almighty Allah can bring great virtues.

Speech by Shaykh Ninowy on Khidmah:

Easing Difficulties

According to Hadrat Abu Hurayra(Radiyallahu Anhu) , Allah’s Messenger(peace be upon him) said, “Whoever relieves a believer of a difficulty from the difficulties of this world, Allah shall relieve for him a difficulty from the difficulties of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever lightens the burden of someone in difficulty , Allah shall lighten his burden in this life and the next.”

{ Sahih Muslim ; Kitab Al-Dhikr wa al-d’ua, Vol 4: Page 1996:Hadith #2586}

Quenching the Thirst of Thirsty

Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Umar(Radiyallahu Anhuma) says,” Someone asked Allah’s Messenger(Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), ” I fill water in the tank to make my camel drink water. Other camels also drink from it. Is there a reward of other camels’ drinking water?”
Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) replied, ” To benefit any living thing is rewarding.”

{Reported by Imam Ahmad}

Feeding the Hungry

In respect of feeding a hungry person and the beneficiaries of its virtues is mentioned in a tradition.
Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) says,” A morsel of food , a sweet date , or anything which benefits a poor person, because of it three people will be sent to Paradise by Allah the Almighty:
1 The head of family who orders
2 His wife who prepares it; and
3 The servant who gives it to the poor.”

{Reported by Haakim and Tibraani}

Making peace between people

Hadrat Abdullah Bin Amr bin Aas(Radiyallahu Anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) as saying, “ To make peace between people is best sadaqa(charity).” 

{Reported by Tibraani}

Spending Wealth for virtuous deeds

(Meaning) It is related that Hadrat Abu Hurayra(Radiyallahu Anhu) said that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “There is no day which dawns on the slaves Of Allah without two angels descending and one of them saying, ‘O Allah, give him more who spends in virtuous deeds’ and the other saying, ‘O Allah, Destroy the wealth of miser'”

{Sahih Bukhari,Book of Zakat,Hadith #1374}