The word Syafaqah ( شفقة ) is an Arabic word that includes meanings such as : affectionateness; commiseration ; compassion ; deep sympathy ; feeling ; kindliness ; kindness ; mercy ; pity ; tenderness.
In the context of the Association, the word Syafaqah here refers to the caring attitude that is borne out of love and compassion for mankind, regardless of race, language and religious beliefs.
Verily, every person is a member of the larger family of humanity.
Syafaqah is rooted to this sacred principle:
“The best of people, are those who bring most benefit to others amongst them.”
(Prophet Muhammad pbuh; narrated by at-Tobarani, sahih)
Based on this principle, Syafaqah also took the spirit and essence of below narration in planning and executing its activities:
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said, that Allah Tabaaraka wa Taala said,
“Verily Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla said on the day of judgement, “O sons of Adam, once I was sick but you didn’t come to visit Me.” The people asked, “My Lord, how are we supposed to visit You when You are the God of the universe?”
Allah answered, “Did you not know that that person was ill, but you didn’t visit him? Did you not know that if you had visited him, you would have found Me at his side?”
Allah again said, “O sons of Adam, once I asked for food from you but you didn’t feed me.”
People asked, “My Lord, how can we feed You when You are the God of the whole universe?”
Allah answered, “Did you not know that that slave of Mine was asking for food from you and you didn’t feed him? Did you not know that had you fed him, you would have certainly received rewards from Me?”
Allah said, “O sons of Adam, once I asked you for something to drink but you didn’t give Me anything.”
The people asked, “My Lord, how can we give You something to drink when You are the God of the whole universe?’
Allah said, “That slave of Mine asked you for some water but you didn’t give him anything to drink. Did you not know that if you had given him something to drink you would have certainly received rewards from Me?” (Hadith narrated by Muslim)