Mohammad, Radiant Sun of Guidance (28)
Today, we study the tradition of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), in treating the disadvantaged strata.
One of the features of the divine prophets was that they rose from the disadvantaged strata. For this same reason, they fully sensed the hardships of the deprived, the hungry, and the oppressed.
Although experts present different analyses and viewpoints in relation to the philosophy and prudence behind the orphan hood of the Prophet of Islam, we just know that God wanted the Prophet of Islam to experience the hardships of the disadvantaged strata so that a common feeling would be formed between him and the deprived individuals, and that the Prophet would never forget the poor and the needy.
Undoubtedly, those, who have accumulated huge wealth and do not maintain the least emotional and humane bond with the disadvantaged strata, never realize the hardships of the deprived, and cannot assist the needy.
Hence, God Almighty, in order to continuously remind the Prophet of Islam about the disadvantaged strata, addressed Prophet Mohammad on the night of his spiritual ascension, noting: “Mohammad, kindness toward Me is synonymous to kindness toward the poor and needy. So, establish a close bond with them; and avoid the ungodly wealthy and their meetings. The poor and the needy are My true friends.”
The Prophet of Islam prayed to God in order to institutionalize his love for the disadvantaged strata.
Some Muslims imagine that the only way for establishment of a bond with God is to observe a number of prayers and to worship God. However, according to the Prophet of Islam, in order to establish a close bond with God, one should love the poor and the needy and establish a close bond with them.
Muslims realize that they cannot be indifferent towards the injustices imposed on the deprived. The followers of the Prophet of Islam are in fact duty-bound to approach the poor; to bear witness to their hardships; and to make every effort to solve their problems. Undoubtedly, those who have accumulated wealth, sense no responsibility toward the poor and the needy. In contrast to this group, whenever Holy Quran speaks of true worshippers and believers in God, it speaks of their charitable donations, and other humanitarian measures such as grant of zakat.
Only those who interact with the poor and needy; live like them; and avoid the glitters of life, can serve the disadvantaged strata. Imam Ali, who was brought up by the Prophet of Islam noted: “Prophet Mohammad sat on the floor and ate foods alike the servitudes of God. He also sewed his own shoes and clothes, and rode horses without saddles.”
Now the question is whether the Saudi Arabian officials, and the stooges of the US, Europe, and Zionism who have accumulated wealth via the pillage of the Arabian Peninsula’s oil deposits, and continue to commit crimes in Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain upon the sales of huge oil reserves and purchase of advanced weapons; can refer to themselves as Muslims?
Unfortunately, they have violated all Islamic and human principles and values, and are the revivers of Americanized Islam, while trying in vain to introduce themselves as the followers of Prophet’s tradition, via hypocrisy and fabrications.
One of the adverse effects of getting accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle, is that gradually a sense of stubbornness creeps in and those who have accumulated wealth can no longer interact with the disadvantaged strata, while also starting to humiliate the poor and needy, and wrongly imagining that the glitters of life never fade away and that they will never die.
One day, the Prophet of Islam was sitting among his disciples. A poor man arrived, looking for a place to sit, which was hard to find. All of a sudden, he found a place to sit down, which was coincidently next to a well-known and wealthy man. The well-off man, upon seeing the poor individual, cowered in one corner, trying to avoid any contact with the poor individual.
The Prophet of Islam who was witness to the wealthy man’s harsh behavior, addressed him, asking whether he was afraid of becoming poor, or dirtying his clothes? The man responded negatively. Then, the Prophet asked why did he avoid any contact with the poor man? The wealthy individual who was caught off guard admitted to his wrongdoing and offered to pay half of his wealth to the poor individual in a bid to compensate his own wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the poor individual rejected this offer. Some who were witness to this incident asked the reason behind the poor man’s rejection. He said he was afraid of turning into a stubborn individual; mistreating poor, Muslim brethren, similar to his own mistreatment by that wealthy man.