Visiting the Sick
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Verily, Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘O son of Adam, I was ill but you did not visit Me.’ He would say: ‘O my Rubb, how could I visit you and You are the Rubb of the worlds?’ Thereupon He would say: ‘Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine was ill but you did not visit him? Did you not realise that if you had visited him (you would have known that I was aware of your visit to him, for which I would reward you) you would have found Me with him?
The rest of Hadith the is as follows: “O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me.’ He would submit: ‘My Rubb, how could I feed You and You are the Rubb of the worlds?’ He would say: `Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine asked you for food but you did not feed him? Did you not realise that if you had fed him, you would certainly have found (its reward) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked water from you but you did not give it to Me.’ He would say: `My Rubb, how could I give You (water) and You are the Rubb of the worlds?’ Thereupon He would say: `Such and such a slave of Mine asked you for water to drink but you did not give it to him. Did you not realise that if you had given him to drink you would have found (its reward) with Me?”’ [Sahih Muslim]
We benefit from the above Hadith that the person who is more beneficial to the slaves of Allah is loved most by Him. Allah likes it very much if somebody serves His creatures and treats them well. He will give him the best reward for it. Here, one has been urged in an effective and eloquent way to visit the sick and to treat the needy nicely.
We also benefit the following from the above hadith:
- This Hadith is a clear-cut proof refuting pantheism for it is clear that this Hadith differentiates between the Creator and the creature in terms of feeding, giving water to drink, visiting, etc.
- This Hadith confirms the speech as Divine attribute.
- That Allah rewards His slaves for their good deeds, and never wrongs a thing.
- The duty of looking after the Muslims and their interests seeking the pleasure of Allah.
- The duty of visiting the sick.
- The duty of offering food for the hungry needy Muslims.
And Allah knows best!