Social Services in Islam
is the concept of social service in Islam? Do we have to work for the
Muslim community only or for the whole of humankind as was done by
Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) ?
Islam, social service is of immense significance. Whatever services a
person renders for the welfare of humankind, and through these deeds,
hopes for the blessings of Allah will be regarded as righteous deeds.
These deeds if done solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah (and not
for recognition or show) will be considered Karze Hasana and will
surely be rewarded by Allah.
Allah says in the Glorious Qur'an :
" Whoever comes (at Judgement) with a good deed will have better than it, and they, from the terror of that day, will be safe."
(Surah An-Naml, 27:89)
"He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit " (Surah Al An'am, 6:160)
"Then shall anyone who has done an atom's weight of good see it!" (Surah Al-Zilzal, 99:7)
repeatedly instructs as in the Glorious Qur'an to behave kindly, to
give charity, to serve the poor, the orphans, and the needy. While the
qur'an condemns hoarders and misers, it also prohibits ill-treating and
threatening the poor and the needy.
all these verses of the Qur'an, Allah has not instructed the Muslims to
work only for the welfare of the Muslims. There is no such restraints.
All these instructions are general in their scope and hence include
both, the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims. The Prophet (pbuh) too has
made it clear that striving of a Muslim for the welfare of any of the
human beings or living creatures is an act of charity.
Narrated Anas bin Malik (RA) :
Messenger said : "There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree
or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it,
but is regarded as a charitable gift for him." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3,
Hadith No. 513)
In Islam, removing a harmful thing from way is also Sadaqa (charity). (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Hadith No. 232)
Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):
Apostle said, "While a man was on the way, he found a thorny branch of a
tree on the way and removed it. Allah thanked him for that deed and
forgave him." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Hadith No. 652)
Islam ordains us to treat all the living creatures well and with kindness.
service that is done by a Muslim for any human being, irrespective
whether the beneficiary is a Muslim or a non-Muslim, and which gets this
beneficiary closer to his Creator Allah and makes him/her understand
Islam better, then the reward for the performer of such service will be
further multiplied. First, for the social service and second, for
getting the other person closer to his Creator. These acts of social
service include Islaah if the recipient is a Muslim and Daw'ah if the
recipient is a non-Muslim.
Narrated Urwa bin Az-Zubair (RA):
bin Hizam said, "O Allah's Apostle! I used to do good deeds in the
pre-Islamic period of ignorance, e.g., keeping good relations with my
kith and kin, manumitting slaves (releasing and freeing slaves after
paying for them) and giving alms. Shall I receive a reward for all
that?" Allah's Apostle replied, "You embraced Islam with all the good
deeds which you did in the past." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Hadith No. 423
& Sahih Muslim, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 223)
Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):
Apostle said, "While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a
well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting
and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, 'This (dog)
is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. So he (went down the
well), filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth
and climbed up and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for his (good)
deed and forgave him." The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Is there a
reward for us in serving (the) animals?" He replied, "Yes, there is a
reward for serving any animate." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Hadith No. 551)
social service in Islam carries great significance and it is to be done
to all in general, regardless of the religion. And Allah knows best.
system of Zakaat in Islam, however is a religious duty and obligation
upon the Muslims and the beneficiaries of Zakaat are only Muslims.
The Qur'an provides details about needy Muslims that are entitled to Zakaat :
expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those
employed to collect (Zakaah) and for bringing hearts together (for
Islam) and for freeing captives (or slaves) and for those in debt and
for the cause of Allah and for the (stranded) traveller - an obligation
(imposed) by Allah. And Allah is knowing and wise." (Surah Tauba, 9:60).
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