تُعِينُ صَانِعًا أَوْ تَصْنَعُ لأَخْرَقَ
Help the skilled laborers and serve the disabled.
Alternate translation: Assist the one who is skilled, and do something for one who is not.
[Bukhārī 2382, Muslim 250][i]
From the Prophetic treasures for human society are these important moral instructions concerning public service. The Prophet instructed his followers to be forever in the service of others. It is a basic ethical value, recognized by all cultures and faith traditions. Yet, the genius of the Prophet of Islam lay not only in the advice, but in his choice of words and in his ability to diagnose and prescribe—in the most precise ways—the most effective solutions for the problems faced by people.