Help, serve people, and seek knowledge


Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Anyone who relieves a hardship for a believer in this world, Allah will relieve one of his hardships on the Day of Resurrection. Anyone who makes things easy for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the Hereafter. Anyone who covers up the faults and sins of a Muslim, Allah will cover up his faults and sins in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah supports His slave as long as the slave supports his brother. Anyone who travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make an easy path for him to Paradise. There are no people who gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah, learning it and teaching it, except tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels flock and hover around them, and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him (in the heavens). And anyone who lags behind in doing good deeds, his noble lineage will not advance him any faster."


There are many benefits that can be derived from this Hadīth, including the following: If anyone dispels the distress of a Muslim, facilitates a matter that is difficult for him, or conceals a fault or slip that he committed, Allah will give him a reward of the same nature as the good deed he had done. Allah, the Almighty, also assists His servant through His help and grants success in this world and the next when the servant assists his Muslim brother in matters that are difficult for him. And if anyone travels on a literal path seeking knowledge, such as walking to gatherings for Dhikr or to meet reliable scholars with the intention of learning from them, or travels a figurative path to acquire knowledge, such as studying, reading, thinking, pondering and understanding the beneficial knowledge he acquired, and he did so with a good sincere intention, Allah will grant him beneficial knowledge that will lead to Paradise. And those who gather in a mosque to recite the Qur’an, study it and contemplate on it, Allah will grant them tranquility and mercy, the angels will attend their gathering, and Allah will praise them in the heavens. Finally, the Hadīth teaches us that nobility and virtue is in doing righteous deeds, not in one's noble or virtuous lineage.