Imam Ilyas Sidyot


Question: 027

I saw a drunkard falling into a drainage pit and i did not help it out as i thought i should not help him because of his sin. Did i do the right thing?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


RasulullahSallalahu Aaihi Wa Sallam said:

الرَّاحِمُونَ يَرْحَمُهُمُ الرَّحْمَنُ ارْحَمُوا أَهْلَ الْأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاءِ

"Allah, the most Merciful has mercy upon the merciful. Have mercy on those on earth, the being in the sky (Allah) will have mercy on you."

A drunk person is a creation of Allah. He has erred by drinking intoxicants. While we abhor that evil habit, we do not abhor the drunk person as a human being. He deserves our sympathy and assistance. If he fell in the drainage pit, he should be assisted and taken out. If he has hurt himself express sympathy to him with kind and loving words and offer him medical assistance. If one shows mercy to any creation of Allah, Allah will shower His mercy upon the merciful. Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam told us of how an immoral woman was forgiven for showing mercy to a thirsty dog. Love, mercy and compassion enhances the beauty in a person's character.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Hafiz Ilyas Sidyot Imam Islamic Center 222-Copland Cresent, Saskatoon SK.

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