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Chapter 2. Whoever Helps A Believer With A Hardship

“Whoever helps a believer with a hardship from the hardships of this life, Allaah will help him...”

 

This is an example of the reward being similar to the deed and the texts are numerous in this regard such as the statement of the Prophet :

 

“Allah only shows mercy to those of His servants who are merciful.”

 

The Arabic word “Kurbah” used in the Hadith is any severe hardship that places the person into great difficulty. The word “Naffasa” or help, relief is to lessen and decrease some of the burden of such a hardship. The word is derived from the same root as the Arabic word for “breathe” such that when the throat is tight or constricted, its only reprieve is to assist in opening the airway.

 

As for the word “Farraja", it is greater in that it means to actually remove the hardship from a believer.

 

So by doing this, you remove his hardship and thereby relieve his distress and worry. So the reward for helping and relieving (a believer’s hardships) is help and relief (from Allah), and the reward for removing it is likewise removal (of a hardship by Allah) as in the Hadith of Ibn Umar.