72. What does the Qur’an say in regards to how much help should one give to others?

The Qur’an states:

مَا أَنفَقْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ

“And whatever thing you shall expend, He will replace it.”1

So no matter what you give, no matter how little or large, you will be rewarded.

Even the smallest of help plays an important role. A yellowed leaf floating on the surface of the water can save the lives of multiple ants.

Furthermore, sometimes a little help is all that is needed and no more, like small change to make a call in a public phone booth, while a bank note will be of no benefit. A scratch on the skin requires light bandage to serve its purpose, while blankets and quilts will be of no use!

A very fine needle can be used to inject medicine in to the body to save lives, while a joist will be useless.

In narrations we read that no good deed should ever be considered small, because it may be the one that saves you, while no sin should ever be considered small, as it may be the one that brings upon your downfall. Just like a tip of a need or nail that goes in to a ball that ruins a whole game of football, or the banana peel that causes a heavyweight champion weightlifter slip and damage the spinal cord, causing paralyses.