Sympathy for the unfortunate
Further, the Hadith states that it is the month of sympathy, especially for the 
poor and destitute. Sympathy should be of a practical nature. When ten things 
are placed before us for if'taar, at least two or four of them should be set 
aside for the poor and needy. In fact they should be treated preferentially, if 
not then at least equally. 
They should certainly be remembered. In showing sympathy for the poor, as in 
all other matters, the Sahaabah R.A. were living examples, and in this, it is 
our duty to follow or at least try to follow them. In the matter of sacrifice 
and sympathy only the courageous can emulate the Sahaabah. There are numerous 
instances, if they are cited, will only leave one in astonishment.
Let us see the following example, Abu Jahm (RA) relates that: "During the 
battle of Yarmouk he went in search of his cousins, taking with him a water bag 
to give him to drink and also wash his wounds if he was found alive or wounded. 
He found him lying among the wounded. When I asked him whether he wanted some 
water, he indicated 'yes'. 
At that moment someone near him moaned. My cousin pointed to that person 
indicating that I should first quench the thirst of the neighbour. I went to 
him and found that he too needed water, but just as I was about to give him 
water, a third person groaned near him. 
The second one pointed to this third person meaning that I should give the 
third one to drink first. 
I went to the third person but before he could drink, I found out that he had 
passed away, whereupon I returned to the second one only to find that he too 
had passed away. When I came to my cousin, he too had become a martyr".


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