If I come across such a situation, should I help my muslim brother or should I take it for myself?

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

I am a student in UK. We know working in a store which deals in pork and alcohol is prohibited. One of my Pakistani friend was working there before (I don`t know now)and he requested me to tell him if there was another halaal job available.

I myself am still looking for one. If I had got one and gave it to him instead of accepting it myself, just to save him from the haraam, would God help me to make things easier, or will He help my job hunt easier? Earlier it has been mentioned from Verse 5 of Aayah 65, whoever is conscious of Allah, He will certainly find a way for him. If I come across such a situation, should I help my muslim brother or should I take it for myself? 


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Reward of giving preference to another

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Respected brother, if one prefers one’s believing brother over and above one’s own self or needs, or one helps their believing brethren in any way, or one strives to remove a distress or an anxiety of their believing brethren………only for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah….one cannot even begin to imagine the rewards they would get in retribution for their sacrifice and their good deeds in the Presence of their Lord Most Gracious in the Hereafter!


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 1678  Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘If any Muslim clothes a Muslim when he is naked (in this world), Allah will clothe him with green garments of Paradise in the Hereafter; if any Muslim feeds a Muslim when he is hungry (in this world), Allah will feed him with some of the fruits of Paradise in the Hereafter; and if any Muslim gives a Muslim drink when he is thirsty (in this world), Allah will give him some of the pure wine which is sealed to drink in the Hereafter.’


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.83 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor. And whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother (in the life of this world), Allah will fulfill his needs (in this world and the Hereafter); whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a distress (in the life of this world), Allah will bring him out of the distress of the Day of Resurrection; and whoever screened a Muslim (in the life of this world), Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection."


Rest absolutely assured brother, that if you have sacrificed your own needs and wants and preferred your believing brother above yourself, or have done something to remove the distress or anxiety of your believing brother in the life of this short and transitory world…..only for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah….rest absolutely assured brother that your Lord All-Knowing is well aware of your noble intentions, your good deeds, and your sacrifices which you have given for His Sake.  Not only will your Lord help you in the life of this world, but your sacrifice to help your believing brother will earn you unimaginable rewards in the Presence of your Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful in the Hereafter.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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