Monday, December 03, 2007

Love the Poor

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "O God, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor." His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied: "Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man. . .even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you. . .God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

It can be the difference between kicking the beggar
(and I've seen this happen in Muslim countries!),
smiling at him or buying him lunch . . .

1 comment:

Obi Asad said...


Kicking a beggar? Are you serious? That's awful!