Helping the Vulnerable
Prophet Muhammad’s grandchildren, Hassan and Hussain, who were toddlers at the time, fell very ill. The Holy Prophet advised their parents, Imam Ali and Sayedda Fatima to make a vow to Allah that if Hassan and Hussain recovered, they would fast for three days. When Imam Hassan and Hussain recovered, they began their fast to fulfil the vow they had made to allah.
On all three nights before breaking their fast, they heard a knock on the door from someone requesting food, without hesitation, the family gave all they had. This resulted in them drinking water to break their fast on three consecutive days. They were extremely drained and physically exhausted, but had, nonetheless, fulfilled their vow.
This family’s incredible act of charity sets an excellent example for all of us and provides us with many morals and lessons. Firstly, despite their physical state and the toll of their charity on their bodies, the family did not complain or reject those who knocked on their doors. Each day they gave generously while disregarding their own hunger and desire for food.