DO WE NEED ORPHANAGES AND OLD AGE HOMES?
I FEAR that MOST of us don’t fall in either of the two CLASSIFICATIONS and CATEGORIES mentioned below, by the NOBLE PROPHET MUHAMMAD Peace Be Upon Him. We NEITHER HOUSE orphans in our houses to treat them well and offer the love and care they long lost, NOR HAVE TIME to visit them in their SAFE HOUSES. If we played OUR ROLES well, we WOULDN’T hear of OLD-AGE homes ( Nyumba ya Wazee) Or even ORPHANAGES. They need to live with us in our houses and not QUARANTINED somewhere alone. I may be wrong anyway. For those housing them in orphanages, MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU and keep you far from TROUBLES AND HASAD. May He INCREASE your IMAAN and ADMIT you in the most PRESTIGIOUS PARADISE. For those sparing and SENDING SOME FOOD RATIO occasionally, Allah is the best in REWARDING your DEEDS. The sacrifice you make is worth noting. For THE REST OF US who actually care less whether we are driving NORTH or SOUTH, let’s start COUNTING our DAYS and MULTIPLY by YOUR OWN KIDS who are POTENTIAL orphans once you REFUSE to BREATH.
“حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ عُثْمَانَ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي سُلَيْمَانَ، عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عَتَّابٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: خَيْرُ بَيْتٍ فِي الْمُسْلِمِينَ بَيْتٌ فِيهِ يَتِيمٌ يُحْسَنُ إِلَيْهِ، وَشَرُّ بَيْتٍ فِي الْمُسْلِمِينَ بَيْتٌ فِيهِ يَتِيمٌ يُسَاءُ إِلَيْهِ، أَنَا وَكَافِلُ الْيَتِيمِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ كَهَاتَيْنِ يُشِيرُ بِإِصْبَعَيْهِ.”
“Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill-treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his two fingers.
Reference : Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 137
In-book reference: Book 7, Hadith 9
English translation: Book 7, Hadith 137