Orphans in the eye of Islam
Islam, the true way of life chosen by Allah for mankind and brought on earth by the messengers from Adam to Mohammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them) at different intervals, gives great importance to the welfare of orphans. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'la admires those who feed orphans in the following words:
"They feed for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphans and the captive."
There are numerous Ahadith (sayings of the Prophet) that give good tidings to those who spend their wealth for the welfare of orphans. According to a saying of the last Prophet, Mohammad (SAW):
"Whoever supports an orphan belonging to his own or any other family will be as close to me in Heaven as this fingers are to each other." Sahl relates that at that time "The Apostle of Allah made a motion of his index and middle finders (while he said it), and there was only a little space separating the two" (Bukhari)
According to yet another saying of the Prophet:
"The bondsman who took an orphan from among the Muslims and shared his food and drink with him, God will allow him to enter the Heaven provided that he is not guilty of an unpardonable sin." (Ibn-e-maja)
The world is created as the field for human endeavour. Thus a true Muslim must work hard and endeavour for garnering his/her share from this field. And as per the injunctions of the Holy Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet, a Muslim's A'mal (deeds) begin from the welfare of his/her own self, then his family members, relatives, neighbours, community, countrymen and the human being at large.
The Holy Qur'an says:
"O' who believe, rescue yourself and your relatives from the fire of Hell."
The Quranic injunctions to rescue "yourself and your relatives" from the fire of Hell also means the trauma and hardship faced by human being on this earth.