Islam encourages us to give and share our blessings with others. How does one learn to give without expecting anything in return? It is only possible to do so if we believe in a higher purpose and do it sincerely only with the intention to please Allah (SWT).
The first thing that crosses our mind when we talk about giving, is a nicely wrapped gift or some materialistic, tangible object. However, Islam emphasizes that any act of kindness is an act of charity and that we will be rewarded for it. So, it is not necessary that we only consider giving away things that we don’t need or use any more or stuff that we think would benefit others. But we could also give our time, patience, an affectionate touch, a smile, a hug, a sincere piece of much needed advice, a word of encouragement or at the least we could lend a helping hand or a sympathetic ear to ease someone’s troubles. All it takes is an empathetic heart and a pure and genuine intention to help others.
Let’s take inspiration from the epitome of kindness, our beloved Prophet(عليه السلام) and pledge to do all we can, to make a contribution no matter how small, to create an opportunity for others, to heal someone’s wounds and to bring that smile back on someone’s face. Islam teaches us to be merciful to all including parents, neighbors, strangers, animals and the environment. Let’s fight back our nafs which constantly drives us to be selfish and cleanse our heart of all evil. Let us raise the bar and resolve to accomplish at least one act of compassion each day. With unadulterated intentions and without any ulterior motives, let us perform good deeds only with the aim to please Allah Almighty.
Lastly, the Prophet (عليه السلام), said, “He who is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.” (Sahih Muslim). Kindness is contagious and one small, act of compassion could make someone else’s day. Go ahead make yourself and others feel better.
In sha Allah may Allah(SWT) fill our hearts with love and mercy and may He accept our good deeds.