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5 Rewards for Raising an Orphan
The care and fostering of orphans is an established sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions. Though there are many benefits and rewards associated with this act, here are 5 of the most powerful guarantees made by Allah and His messenger ﷺ.
Guarantee of Paradise
The Prophet ﷺ said, “ Whoever takes in an orphan among the Muslims to raise, to feed him and give him drink, Allah admits him into Paradise without a doubt, unless he has done a sin for which he is not forgiven.” (Jami’ at-Tirmidhi)
The commentators say that the goal of these actions is securing a just society, connecting with Allah, and learning empathy, all of which are achieved through raising orphans.
A Soft Heart
The Prophet said, “If you want to soften your heart, then feed the poor and pat the head of the orphan.” (Musnad Ahmad)
The Prophet would often play and joke with orphans, as well as feed them from his own food.
The companionship of the Prophet ﷺ
The Prophet ﷺ said, “I and the guardian of an orphan will be in the Garden like these two,” and he held up two fingers close to each other. (Al-Adab al-Mufrad)
4. The reward of Jihad, Night prayer and Fasting
The Prophet ﷺ said, “The person who strives on behalf of the widows and the needy is like those who strive in the way of Allah and like those who fast in the day and pray at night.” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad)
The Best Household
The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated, and the worst is the house in which orphans are ill treated.” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad)