Praise be to Allaah.
The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) said: “Whoever takes care of two girls until they reach puberty, he and
I will come like this on the Day of Resurrection” – and he held his two
Narrated by Muslim (2631). According to a report narrated by
at-Tirmidhi (1914): “Whoever takes care of two girls, he and I will enter
Paradise like these two” and he gestured with his two fingers.
The commentators interpreted the virtue mentioned in the two
hadeeths as referring to daughters and sisters. Imam Muslim narrated in the
previous hadeeth, “Whoever takes care of two girls…” in the chapter on “The
virtue of treating daughters with kindness.” And Imam at-Tirmidhi narrated
it in the chapter on “What was narrated about spending on daughters and
The one who takes care of his daughters and sisters properly
will attain the virtue mentioned in these hadeeths, which is being with the
Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in Paradise.
But with regard to the virtue of sponsoring orphans and the
great reward for that, Muslim (2983) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah
be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) said: “The one who sponsors an orphan, whether it is a
relative of his or not, he and I will be like these two in Paradise,” and
Maalik pointed with his forefinger and middle finger.
An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: With regard to
the words “whether it is a relative of his or not”, the one who is a
relative of his is one who is related to him such as his grandfather,
mother, grandmother, brother, sister, paternal uncle, maternal uncle,
maternal aunt, paternal aunt, and other relatives. And the one who is not a
relative is one with whom he has no blood ties. End quote from Sharh
Muslim by an-Nawawi.
It is proven in at-Tirmidhi (1918) that Sahl ibn Sa‘d (may
Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace
of Allah be upon him) said: “I and the one who sponsors an orphan will be in
Paradise like these two,” and he gestured with his two fingers, meaning the
forefinger and the middle finger. Classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in
Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhi.
In the answer to question no.
126003 we discussed the issue
of adoption and said that it is of two types, permissible and forbidden.
With regard to the permissible type, it means looking after
the orphan and taking care of his affairs, without attributing the orphan to
the one who adopts.
In that answer, we also stated that when the girl reaches
puberty, her sponsor is regarded as a non-mahram to her, so it is not
permissible for her to uncover her face in front of him or to be alone with
him, but she may uphold ties with him by greeting him and asking him how he
is, in return for his kindness and generosity towards her when she was
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah: It is not
permissible for you to stay with this man who adopted you, and it is not
permissible for you to uncover your face in front of him, because he is a
non-mahram to you and adoption does not mean that you are related. … But
there is nothing wrong with greeting him verbally without shaking hands,
praying for him and thanking him for his kindness.
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah,
And Allah knows best.