Different ways to support a fellow Muslim [Ibn al-Qayyim]

Posted on October 29, 2014

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Ibn al-Qayyim said:

There are different ways of supporting a fellow believer:
– with one’s wealth,
– with one’s position of authority or power,
– by means of physical service,
– by offering sincere advice and guidance,
– by making supplication (du’aa’) and asking for forgiveness for them, and
– by feeling their pain.

The level of one’s support will be affected by the level of one’s faith.
The weaker a person’s faith, the weaker his support will be; the stronger the faith, the stronger the support.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was the greatest of all people in his support for his companions, so the more closely his followers follow him, the greater will be their support for their fellow-believers.”

[al-Fawaa’id, 1/171]

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