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In Islam, care for the needy and poor individuals is regarded as a great source of blessings and rewards. The Glorious Qur’an and the Noble Sunna encourage Muslims towards feeding, housing and clothing such poor and homeless individuals. In one place, the Glorious Qur’an declares:

أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ فَذَٰلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ,

وَلَا يَحُضُّ عَلَىٰ طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ

Seest thou one who denies the Judgment (to come)? Then such is the (man) who repulses the orphan (with harshness), And encourages not the feeding of the indigent.(Q: 107: 1-3)

In yet another place, it proclaims:

وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا

إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا

“And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones; and the Evil One is to his Lord (himself) ungrateful.”(Q:17:26-27)

Also in the noble Sunna, Muslims are encouraged to cloth the naked, feed the hungry and to shelter the homeless. Ibn Abbas related that the Prophet said: Any Muslim who gives a Muslim a garment to wear will be in Allah's safekeeping as long as a shred of it remains on him. (Ahmad, Tirmidhi). In other traditions feeding the hungry is regarded as an act of jihad which accords great blessings. Safwan ibn Salim related that the Prophet said: Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

Anas related that the Prophet said: If any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird or an animal eats, it counts as a charity for him. (Bukhari, Muslim).

It is in the spirit of the above Qur’anic verses and Prophetic teachings that Muslims for a long time in the Islamic history competes in caring for the homeless and the hungry such as war refugees.

The leader of the faithful; Umar Ibn Khattaab (may Allah be please with him) used to go outskirt of the holy city of Madina to keep guard and to provide food to those immigrating to Madina and could not enter the city due to nightfall.

In our contemporary world, where war became the most common issue for loss of homes and the displacement of the human species, such Islamic teachings stated above should become enough to boost our spirit towards providing all necessary facilities for the upkeep of refugees. This is why so many Muslim countries spearheaded the campaign for providing home and all needed facilities for refugees. It has been reported in al-Hayat newspaper that 500,000 Syrians had found homes in Saudi Arabia since the civil war began – as workers, not refugees.

There have also been significant contributions from rich individuals towards the upkeep of refugee camps around the Syrian border, estimated by the BBC to total around $900 million (£600 million).

 

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