خَيرُ إخوانِكَ مَنْ واساكَ۔

The best of your brothers is the one who assists you financially [in your time of need].



The best of your brothers is the one who assists you financially [in your...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

خَيرُ إخوانِكَ مَنْ واساكَ۔

This can be translated into English as,

The best of your brothers is the one who assists you financially [in your time of need].

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this beautiful Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and explore its significance in light of the Quran.

The word (khayr) "خَيرُ" in Arabic means "best" or "excellent." It signifies the highest level of goodness and virtue. In this context, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) is highlighting the importance of financial assistance from one's brothers or fellow Muslims. The word (ikhwānik) "إخوانِكَ" refers to "your brothers," emphasizing the bond of brotherhood and unity among Muslims.

To understand the significance of this statement, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) repeatedly emphasizes the importance of helping one another and supporting those in need. In Surah Al-Hashr (59:9), Allah says,

And [also for] those who were settled in the Home [i.e., the Ansar] and [adopted] faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul - it is those who will be the successful.

This verse highlights the selflessness and generosity of the Ansar, who welcomed and supported the Muhajirun, the early Muslim immigrants.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:177), Allah states,

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

This verse emphasizes the importance of giving wealth to those in need, highlighting the righteousness of such actions.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement serves as a reminder of the duty we have as Muslims to support one another financially. It encourages us to be selfless and generous, especially during times of need. When a brother or sister is facing financial difficulties, it is our responsibility to step forward and provide assistance, as this is a reflection of our faith and the strength of our brotherhood.

By assisting our fellow Muslims financially, we not only alleviate their burden but also strengthen the bonds of unity within the community. This act of kindness fosters a sense of compassion, empathy, and solidarity among believers. It also creates an environment where individuals feel supported and cared for, enabling them to overcome their challenges and thrive.

Moreover, Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement highlights the importance of recognizing the needs of others and actively seeking opportunities to help. It encourages us to be proactive in our approach to financial assistance, rather than waiting for someone to ask for help. By being attentive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we can fulfill our duty as Muslims and embody the true essence of brotherhood.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the importance of financial assistance within the Muslim community. It encourages us to be the best of brothers by actively supporting one another in times of need. This act of generosity aligns with the teachings of the Quran, which emphasize the significance of helping those in need and fostering unity among believers. Let us strive to embody the spirit of this Hadith and fulfill our duty as Muslims by assisting our brothers and sisters in their financial struggles. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to be selfless and generous, and may He bless our efforts to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood within the Ummah.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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