By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org
An-Nawawi records in his book Riyad us-Saliheen:
في الباب أحاديث كثيرة تقدمت كحديث والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه وحديث كل معروف صدقة وأشباههما
Regarding this chapter, we have put forth many narrations, such as the narration, “Allah will help the servant as long as he helps his brother,” and the narration, “Every good deed is charity,” and others like them.
Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: We were travelling with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when a rider came and began to look right and left. He said:
مَنْ كَانَ مَعَهُ فَضْلُ ظَهْرٍ فَلْيَعُدْ بِهِ عَلَى مَنْ لَا ظَهْرَ لَهُ وَمَنْ كَانَ لَهُ فَضْلٌ مِنْ زَادٍ فَلْيَعُدْ بِهِ عَلَى مَنْ لَا زَادَ لَهُ
He who has an extra mount should give that to one who has no mount, and he who has surplus provisions should give them to he who has no provisions.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 18, Number 4290]
Abu Sa’eed said: He mentioned so many kinds of wealth until we thought that none of us has a right to a surplus.
Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, decided to embark on an expedition, he would say:
يَا مَعْشَرَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنْصَارِ إِنَّ مِنْ إِخْوَانِكُمْ قَوْمًا لَيْسَ لَهُمْ مَالٌ وَلَا عَشِيرَةٌ فَلْيَضُمَّ أَحَدُكُمْ إِلَيْهِ الرَّجُلَيْنِ أَوْ الثَّلَاثَةِ
O group of emigrants and helpers, there are among you people who have no property or family. Let everyone of you take along with him two or three man.
[Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Jihad, Number 2534, Sahih]
Jabir said: There was none of us who had a spare animal so we took rides by turn. I took two or three men with me and I rode my camel by with them by turns.
And Jabir ibn Abdullah also reported:
كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَتَخَلَّفُ فِي الْمَسِيرِ فَيُزْجِي الضَّعِيفَ وَيُرْدِفُ وَيَدْعُو لَهُمْ
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would stay in the behind while traveling and he would encourage the weak; he would take someone on his back and supplicate for him.
[Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Jihad, Number 2639, Hasan]
Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.
Category: Sunnah السنة