Author: 
Ml Musa ibn Dawood

Any child deprived of the affection and sympathy of parents will naturally suffer a complex. Islam is that unique religion which has sympathized with the orphan and has seen to their needs. Prior to Islaam, the orphan was an ignored member of society. Allaah  elevated the status of this helpless individual. Our Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam himself was an orphan at birth. In light of this historical fact, Muslims are no strangers to the concept of adoption and foster care. In fact, they have before them lofty examples of these practices right from the life of Rasulullaah Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Having been brought up as an orphan himself, placed Rasulullaah Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam in a position where he was able to naturally and instinctively identify with the plight of orphan children more than others. His teachings are therefore replete with teachings and directives towards the orphan, of treating them with utmost kindness and compassion. In the time of Rasulullaah Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam, there was hardly a home which had not taken in and adopted an orphan child. This was a normal practice in the society of his companions. Muslims should, by virtue of the lofty example and teachings of Rasulullaah Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam, be in the very frontline in efforts to secure the adoption and fostering of 'abandoned' children. In fact they ought to be setting the trend for the rest of society in this matter. At the 4 least, it is expected of them to co-operate closely with groups and bodies that are promoting these efforts. In this booklet, some of the virtues of caring for orphans has been mentioned, as well as the severe punishment for causing harm to them, whether physically, mentally or monetarily. May Almighty Allaah accept this booklet, and make it a means for our salvation in the Hereafter, and a continuous charity (sadaqah-jaariyah) for myself, my parents, teachers, spiritual guide, family members and friends!

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