Helping the Widows and the Poor
Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “One who strives to help the widows and the poor is like the one who fights in the way of Allah.” The narrator said: I think that He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) added also: “I shall regard him as the one who stands up (for prayer) without rest and as the one who observes fasts continuously.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Here the words ‘widow’ and ‘poor’ have been mentioned for example only while they cover the whole range of indigent, invalid and needy people. Efforts for their care, support and welfare has been regarded equivalent to Jihad. Islam has done full justice in supporting the helpless individuals and the entire poor class of the society by elevating the status of those who undertake this noble task to the level of Mujahidun.
It makes it clear that worship is not restricted to prayers and fasting only but also covers every good deed. Thus, those who are always mindful of the weak and the poor and constantly strive for their welfare are engaged in perpetual worship.
And Allah Knows Best!