Fostering is an extremely rewarding act in Islam and one that has been encouraged giving it a highly respected role. It is not only permissible for a Muslim to foster a child but it is also a Sunnah that can gain many rewards from Allah (SWT).
There are many Sunnah’s of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that often get neglected or overlooked. One such Sunnah is to care for an orphan child. Many foster children who have come as refugees or who have no parents have been orphaned.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was orphaned and fostered by many different family members, and in turn, he cared for other orphans during his lifetime. Halima Saadia was the first person to take care of the Prophet when he was a baby followed by his grandfather and then an uncle. It is reported in a Hadith narrated by Sahl bin Sa’d that,
“I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him will be in Paradise like this” putting his index and middle fingers together. [Sahih Bukhari]. Therefore it is a blessing to look after a child and transform their life for the better.
There is a tremendous reward for fostering a child and giving them the love and nourishment they need to further excel in life.
Muslim foster carers are encouraged to treat their foster child as if they were their own child and provide a loving family, in keeping with the Sunnah and enlightening their faith so that the child can be brought up to be the best version of themselves and reach their full potential.
We have formed long-term partnerships with local authorities and foster agencies around the UK to ensure that you receive the ongoing support needed to become a successful foster carer and enable you to get the guidance you need in taking that first step towards your fostering journey!
There are countless blessings for fulfilling your role and responsibility as a foster carer and completing your duty to a child who may desperately need to be taken into care. You have the ability to change a child’s life and also complete a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet who taught us how to live our life in the best way possible and also help to make life more happier and easier for others.
“They ask you (O Muhammad ) what they should spend. Say: Whatever you spend of good must be for parents and kindred and orphans and al-Masakin (the poor) and the wayfarers, and whatever you do of good deeds, truly, Allah knows it well.” (Qur’an, 2:215)