Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) as saying:
"He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is hard pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of know- ledge, Allah would make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him and those persons who assemble in the house among the houses of Allah (mosques) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Qur'an (among themselves) there would descend upon them the tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah makes a mention of them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his (high) descent does not make him go ahead."
Amazing Hadith :). It gave me a lot of hope for the people around me, especially my countrymen, who in the spirit of Ramadan (and otherwise) do help people in any way possible. Theek hay in this nation, robbery, deceit and corruption is common. But the common man is still willing to go all out for helping others in time of need.
When we were driving back from Hawksbay, there was a huge jam on a road. Within minutes, guys and uncles appeared out of nowhere, and guided the traffic so that the road soon cleared and we could move again easily.
When the 2005 earthquake came, as well as the IDP crisis, and the floods last year, in all these calamities, it was the people who came out of their homes, spent as much as possible in these causes, and did everything they could (down to letting their kids go and volunteer in Ramadan) in order to help those in need.
I have great hope in humanity, when I see such acts. And these may appear small-scale acts by individuals, or small groups of people... but we should check how MUCH this is rewarded and appreciated by Allah SWT.
May Allah Enable us to act in all ways which lead to His Pleasure and rewards. Ameeen! May we have sakeenah in our lives, and may our troubled or uncertain hearts be eased with the recitation (with meaning) of His Words in the Holy Book, may we read it, understand it, implement it and propagate it in any way possible, and may He Accept these efforts and Give us the benefits of these acts both in this world and the next. Ameen.