On this week’s Islamic Faith in Focus podcast with Imam Hassan he addresses helping those in need in Islam.
The Imam opens the podcast by citing the 177th verse from Al Baqarah in the Quran, which says:
“Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.”
He then recounts a story of a day where he was handing out food those in need in and around Baltimore. And a man came to him and asked if the meat that was being handed out was free. Imam Hassan told him that it was, he just had to stand in line. While this man stood in line he couldn’t stop talking about how excited he was to get this meat, because he had no idea how he was going to afford the meat for his family without this. The point was, you never know who is in need of what.
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