Hadith on Helping: Muslim Leaders Must Help the Needy

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1332
Abul-Hasan narrated that ‘Amr bin Murrah said to Mu’awiyah: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying: ‘No Imam closes his door on one in need, dire straits and poverty, except that Allah closes the gates of the Heavens from his dire straits, his needs, and his poverty.’ So Mu’awiyah appointed a man to look after the needs of the people.”

  • This hadith from Jami` at-Tirmidhi is a narration of a conversation between Amr bin Murrah and Mu’awiyah. Amr bin Murrah reported that he heard the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) saying that no leader should refuse to help someone who comes to them in need, dire straits, or poverty. The Prophet (ﷺ) warns that if a leader turns away from someone in need, then Allah will also turn away from their own needs, poverty, and dire straits. This hadith emphasizes the importance of leaders providing support to those in need, as this is a necessary aspect of fulfilling their duties towards their community. It also serves as a warning to those who neglect their responsibility to help others, reminding them that their own needs may go unfulfilled if they refuse to assist those who require help. Mu’awiyah’s response to this hadith, by appointing someone to look after the needs of the people, serves as an example of how leaders should respond to the teachings of the Prophet (ﷺ) and fulfill their obligations to their community.