Service

Islam states that service to humanity is a part of faith. Muslims should be actively engaged in social welfare and in meeting the medical and educational needs, not only for Muslims but also for all the communities where they reside.

The Holy Quran states in Chapter 3, verse 111: You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin good and forbid evil and believe in Allah.”

In this verse, Muslims have been enjoined by God to serve mankind and promote goodness. If they fail to achieve this, then they can not state that they are the “best people”. After all, a faith that is insensitive to the suffering of other human beings and is not inclined to serve the cause of humanity cannot be described as good faith. But Islam teaches that Muslims must be always ready to serve mankind and have love and kindness for all of God’s creation.

The Holy Quran states in Chapter 4:37: And worship Allah and associate naught with Him and show kindness to parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbour that is a kinsman and the neighbour that is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom your right hand possess (employees). Surely, Allah loves not the proud and the boastful.

In this verse, Allah very beautifully guides the Muslims to discharge their duties towards all of society. We should display kindness to everyone whether they are kind to you or not. In this way, by following this teaching you can create peace, love, and harmony in society.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, emphasized love, sympathy, and kindness towards all mankind, he said: “One who is not grateful to mankind is not grateful to Allah” (Tirmidhi). In another beautiful saying, the Holy Prophet has said:“None among you is a true believer unless he loves for others what he loves for himself.”(Bukhari)

Furthermore, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, emphasised love and kindness for all of God’s creation, he said: “If a Muslim plants a tree and men and animals eat from it, all of this will be regarded as an everlasting act of charity.”(Bukhari)

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