Righteous good deed, and whoever performs it perfectly, according to its required conditions, will attain three things:
First: he will be veiled from Hell and never enter it.
Second: on the Day of the Greatest Terror, (i.e. the Day of Judgment), he will be gathered in the company of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
Third: Paradise will be guaranteed for him, where he will be in the company of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
What an excellent and great reward this is! This great reward, O believers, requires that certain conditions be fulfilled perfectly.
What is this deed and what are its conditions?
I say, seeking the help of Allaah The Exalted, that it is to take care of girls, being in charge of them and looking after their affairs and interests. That is the position of our religion with the woman whom it honors, maintains, and guards; it encourages men to enter Paradise and receive great rewards should they take care of her and guard her.
How great the favors of Allaah The Almighty are on the daughters of Eve and how sad that some people show ingratitude and deny them!
The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said in an authentic Hadeeth on the authority of the Mother of the Believers ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her:
“Whichever (people) of them is tried by any of them (girls) and he treats them kindly, they will screen him from the fire (hell).”
[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
He further said:
“Whoever has three girls and he is patient with them and he clothes them from what he has, they will veil him from the the fire (hell).”
That is the first reward that you, O slave of Allaah, would receive for that work, which is to be screened and veiled from the fire of Hell, and whoever is drawn away from the fire and admitted to Paradise has indeed attained his desire.
May Allaah make us all among those who attain that reward!
Concerning the second reward, which is to be gathered in the company of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, it was narrated on the authority of Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that he said, “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Whoever looks after two girls untill they attain the age of maturity, would come on the Day of Judgment with me and him being (close to each other) as these (and he joined his fingers).”
As for the third reward, then consider the following texts:It was narrated on the authority of Jaabir, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Whoever has three daughters whom he gives refuge to, provides for and shows mercy to, Paradise is certainly guaranteed for him.”
A man asked, ‘And (for) two, O Messenger of Allaah?’
“And also (for one who has) two (daughters).”
[Ahmad] [Al-Bukhaari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Sa‘eed, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“No one had three or two daughters or sisters and he fears Allah regarding them and is kind to them, except that he will enter Paradise.”
It was narrated on the authority of Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that he said, “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Whoever has two daughters or sisters to whom he is kind as long as they are with him, he and I will be in paradise (as close to each other) as these (and then he put two of his fingers together).”
What a great reward this is! And, what an excellent position this is!
However, such great rewards have heavy qualifications and various objectives that must be realized by great striving and patience.
What are these conditions and restrictions?
All the conditions are included in his (the Prophet’s, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,) saying:
“And he is kind to them.”
To be kind to girls in such a way as to befit the Sharee‘ah is the all-inclusive condition and the greatest qualification. The narrations previously mentioned came to explicate and clarify in detail this general reference. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“… Whom he gives Refuge to, provides for and shows mercy to.”
Al-Haafith, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “All these terms are included under the term “Ihsaan” (to be kind).”
What is the meaning of giving refuge to them? What is intended by providing for them? And, how should we show mercy to them?
Giving refuge has three facets:First: Giving her refuge with a good righteous mother, to be an example for her to follow. The first stage of giving refuge to girls is to keep them with a righteous pious chaste mother to maintain and guard them. Have you not heard the advice of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:
“Then succeed (by choosing) the religious women lest you would lose good.”
Second: Giving her refuge in her boudoir, inside her house, which is to teach her to abide in her house and not to come out unless there is a necessity, an urgent need or an act of worship. In other words:
“To attend the goodness and supplications of Muslims.”
That is the significance of the statement of Allaah The Almighty (which means):
“And abide in your houses.”
Allaah The Almighty commands women to abide in their houses, for it is more suitable to screen them and guard their lives.