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Making things easy for a Muslim – Very Important aspect in today’s age


It is related that Abu Hurayra [radiAllahu anhu] said that the Messenger of Allah [Sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said,

“If anyone relieves his brother of one of the afflictions of this world, Allah will relieve him of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising.


Allah will give ease in this world and the Next to anyone who eases the hardship of another.


Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim in this world and the Next.


Allah will help His slave as long as His slave is helping his brother.


If anyone travels a path by which he seeks knowledge, Allah will make the way to the Garden easy for him.


People do not meet in the mosque to recite the Book of Allah and study it together without tranquillity descending on them, mercy covering them, and the angels encircling them.


If someone is slow in acting by it, his ascription to it is not hastened. “

[Muslim 36/2699 and at- Tirrnidhi 2945]


AI-Mubarakpuri said in Tuhfat’l-Awadhi,

“If anyone relieves his brother of one of the afflictions of this world,’ means removes it from him and relieves him of it’. “


At-Tayyibi said,

“It is as if he had opened someone’s trachea enabling them to breathe. It is similar to the saying, ‘You are in breath.’ It is as if their calamity was like something blocking the trachea. When they are relieved of it they can breathe again. What is meant by ‘brother’ is brother in faith.”


According to a variant reading of the hadith found in Muslim,

“If anyone relieves a believer of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising, Allah will relieve him.” Since all creatures are the dependants of Allah and relieving affliction is doing good, Allah repays the person who does that with an ample repayment; as Allah says, “Shall the recompense for doing good be other than consummate good?” (55:60)


The words “Anyone who veils a Muslim” refers to veiling the ugly actions which he does. One should not disgrace him or clothe him in a garment which Allah has concealed – in other words, reveal his faults or nakedness.

An-Nawawi said in his commentary on the words of the Prophet [sallallau alaihi wasallam],

“On the Day of Rising, Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim”:

The veiling being recommended here is covering the faults and flaws of those who are not known for causing harm and corruption. In the case of one of those who are known for that, it is recommended not to veil them but that one present their case to those in authority, provided that one does not fear harm from doing it. That is because covering up for this sort of person encourages him to continue his harm, corruption, violation of sacred things, and inciting others to do similar actions. In any case the veiling referred to applies to acts of disobedience which occurred in the past and have now ended.

If someone sees another actually involved in doing an act of disobedience, then he must hasten to object to it and forbid it to the best of his ability. It is not lawful to put off doing that. If he is unable to do it, he should report it to the authorities, provided that will not result in further corruption.
The words “anyone who eases the hardship of another” refer to making things easy for someone who is poor, including both believers and unbelievers. In other words, if anyone is owed something by someone poor and one makes it easy for him by deferring it or forgoing some or all of it, “Allah will give him ease” in exchange for his making things easy for His slave, thus giving one repayment in kind.


In Fayd al-Qadir, the commentary on al-Jami’ as-Saghir, al-Munawi said:

The words “Anyone who veils another Muslim in this world” refer to veiling his ugly actions, and the words “does not disgrace him” mean by making known something which might cause him shame in respect of his deen, honour, property, or family. So you should not disgrace or expose him by talking about such things. The words “Allah will veil him on the Day of Rising” mean that He will not disgrace him in front of people by displaying his faults and wrong actions. On the contrary, Allah will make his reckoning easy and not punish him, since because He is Living and Generous. Veiling faults is one facet of modesty and generosity.

‘Uthman summoned some suspect people and then sent a party out to arrest them, but they split up and he did not manage to capture them. He freed a slave out of thankfulness to Allah Almighty that the abasement of no Muslim should occur at his hands.


[Injustice and the Unjust by Shaykh  Muhammad Mitwalli Al-Sharawi , page 11-13]


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