We are admonished by the teachings of Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) to assist wherever and whenever the Muslim brothers and sisters are in any kind of distress. Hence, we are advised to help morally, financially or otherwise. On the other hand, we are warned not to cause any harm to anyone, including the non-Muslims.
In particular, the following Hadith of Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is extremely pertinent regarding the “Turning of Tables”: “Do not express happiness at the difficulty of your brother, lest Allah Ta’ala shows compassion and mercy upon him, who is experiencing difficulty, and causes that difficulty to befall you.” (Riyadus Saliheen)
Unfortunately such negativity and sadistic attitude is often observed among the Muslim community. Instead of helping a person in distress and difficulty, people laugh it off and enjoy the misfortune. Worse still, discriminatory statements like the following are made : “Good, it happened to him!” “He deserved it!”
Remember --- Allah Ta’ala is All Knowing and All Powerful. Allah forbid, that we are subjected to such calamities and tests and the tables are turned on us! The Imaan of a Muslim ought to totally prohibit the inflicting of any harm to another creation. As a matter of fact, the Hadith clearly states that if one Muslim is in pain then another Muslim is also in pain. Hence, it is the Shaan -outstanding quality- of a Muslim to express sorrow and grief at the pain and suffering of another Muslim and “feel” for him/her.
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