Injunctions on Caring for Orphans in the Qur’an and Prophetic Traditions

Allah and His Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) has commanded the followers of Islam to take care of orphans as revealed in the Qur’an and recorded in the hadith. For this reason, orphans are very much honored, and supporting them will be rewarded immensely.

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Orphans in Pangkalpinang after the distribution of food packages. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PANGKALPINANG – Islam honors orphans to the extent that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) promised us a great reward if we take care of them, as recorded in a hadith narrated by Imam Tirmidhi:

“Whoever embraces an orphan from among the Muslims and shares with him his food and drink, Allah will admit to Heaven unless he commits a sin that is unforgivable.”

In another hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) also advised Muslims to stay away from seven major sins, including eating the property of an orphan, as recorded in a hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim:

The Prophet said, "Keep away from the seven fatalities." It was asked: "What are they, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied, "Associating anything with Allah in worship (i.e., committing an act of Shirk), sorcery, killing of one whom Allah has declared inviolable without a just cause, devouring the property of an orphan, the eating of usury (Riba), fleeing from the battlefield and accusing chaste believing women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity."

The Holy Qur’an also mentions the word orphans 23 times. In the 107th Chapter of the Qur’an, Allah calls a person who repulses the orphans “the one who denies the Recompense”.

In Islamic law, an orphan is someone whose father dies when he or she is still a child. According to the opinion of the Islamic jurists, once a fatherless child has hit puberty, marked by wet dreams for males and menstruation for females, he or she is no longer considered an orphan. However, taking care of them is still considered a good deed that is praiseworthy.

ACT Bangka’s Support for Orphans

Based on these injunctions from the Qur’an and Sunnah on caring for orphans, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) branch offices in various regions of Indonesia have held programs to support the orphans. In Pangkalpinang, for instance, ACT Bangka gave away food packages to orphans in Rangkui District.

Supported by volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia, the aid distribution event was also attended by the Head of Rangkui District, representatives of the Bukit Intan Police, and non-governmental organizations from the administrative villages in Rangkui District, Tuesday (9/28/2021).

"Alhamdulillah, we are happy with the collaboration to cheer up these orphans that have been honored by Allah. We hope that we can always work together to care for the orphans who need support from us all,” said Head of Rangkui District Muhammad Subhan.

Raffles Gordon Kusumah of the ACT Bangka Program team also expressed his gratitude to all parties who had worked together to support orphans. He also invited everyone to contribute to taking care of orphans especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can deliver your best assistance to ACT Bangka Branch Office which is located on Jalan Mesjid Jamik Number 27, Rangkui District, Pangkalpinang City. You can also contact us through our social media accounts to make donating easier," said Raffles.[]