Hadith About Orphan
I and the man who brings up an orphan will be in paradise like this. And he pointed with his two fingers, the index finger and the middle finger.
In this Hadith, the Holy Prophet PBUH has encouraged people to look after and support the orphans. The Holy Prophet PBUH said that the person who does so will be granted such bounties and rewards that he will be as close to him in Paradise as the first and second fingers of a hand. While saying this, he raised these two fingers in such a way that there was little space left between the two. This means that he would be graced with nearness to the Holy Prophet PBUH.
The Holy Prophet PBUH was himself an orphan and Allah raised him with his Mercy to the highest status in this world and the next and thus gave the weak and the helpless hope and courage.
From his earliest life, the Holy Prophet PBUH was a supporter of the weak and the oppressed. When the Quraish of Makkah asked Abu Talib to deliver the Prophet PBUH to them so that they could put him to death, Abu Talib Said to them:
“Shall I make over to you one who is the refuge of the orphans and protector of the widows?”
The Holy Prophet PBUH placed the person who faithfully manages the affairs of the widows and the needy at par With one who stands up for prayer at night and fasts during the day. (Bukhari)
The Holy Prophet PBUH asked his companions to be gentle to the orphans. He is reported to have said:
“The best Muslim house is that in which an orphan is ill-treated.” (Ibn Majah)
Abdullah bin Umar reports the Holy Prophet PBUH as saying:
“The person who took care of an orphan and shared his food and drink with him, Allah will allow him to enter Paradise, provided he is not guilty of an unpardonable sin.” (Sharh-al-Sunnah)
The Holy Quran also commands us to do good and show kindness to the orphans:
“Treat with kindness your parents and kindred and orphans and those in need.” (2: 83)
In one of the earliest revelations, it is said in the Quran:
“And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan and the captive” (76: 8)
And in a later revelation:
“…. But it is righteousness…. to spend of your substance out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy…” (2: 177)
Allah commands Muslims to help the orphans and the needy and those related to us have a special claim.