Question: The need for affiliation and sense of belonging are human conditions, but they may sometimes overshadow charitable actions. What should believers do to engage in altruistic work with the intentions of only pleasing God and without seeking credit for themselves and their affiliated groups?
Answer: Running to aid others is the most eloquent way of petitioning for divine providence. The noble Prophet Muhammad stated the following: “Whoever eliminates a worldly trouble of a believer, God will eliminate one of the troubles of that person in the Afterlife. Whoever eases the situation of a person in hardship, God will ease the affairs of that person in this world and the next...” (Sahih Muslim, Dhikr 38; Abu Dawud, Al-Adab 68). The noble Prophet also stated that “the best of people is the one who is most beneficial to them” (Tabarani, al-Mu’jamu’l-awsat, 6/58). In this respect, if you run to the help of humanity, God will not leave you without help. If you lend an altruistic hand to humanity, you will receive help in unexpected ways.