The end-of-the-year season is a bittersweet time. We look back on the year and thank Allah for all the blessings, lessons, and the growth. At the same time, we look back at the yearly goals we couldn’t tick off and are often filled with the guilt of not being able to do better.
If you’re a fellow Muslim in that same boat, we want to remind you of this: Our purpose in this world is to strive towards Akhirah. So, if you’ve done anything to contribute to the one Big goal of life— you have already achieved all your goals for the year, even if you don’t feel like it!
Whether it’s the guilt of not being able to give this year your all, or the motivation to continue giving it your all, the good news is that you still have plenty of time left to double your rewards this year.
You can start with…
1. Simple Acts of Kindness
“Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise)”
Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT has made it incredibly easy for all Muslims to increase their rewards (Sawab) and benefit from them in the Akhirah. You aren’t required to go the extra mile every time.
From picking a morsel from the floor and feeding it to a bird to exchanging salams with fellow Muslims or even smiling when greeting someone— every kind deed earns you Sawab. That’s because Islam has emphasized kindness and gentleness in order to develop a civilized and just society.
In return for these kind acts, a Momin (true believer) is promised Jannah, and Inshallah closeness to Allah SWT.
If you do want to go the extra mile, you take the following (super easy yet highly effective) steps:
2. Recite the Quran Everyday
If you are rewarded for each letter of the Qur’an you read, imagine the rewards you will receive for reciting just one page! There is less than a week left for the year to end, and if you recite one juz every day, you will have finished reading 16% of the Qur’an before the year ends.
And if we put the idea of rewards aside, reciting the Qur’an will help you be a better Muslim in general. That’s because you will be able to understand and ponder upon His divine message. Ultimately, the guidance you’ll receive through the Quran will transform you into a Muslim with increased levels of Imaan and a better person.
But here’s the best part: if you find it hard to recite the Quran perfectly and struggle to perfect his recitation, your attempts will also be rewarded. Subhanallah.
Hazrat Aishah (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
3. Providing Warmth to the Needy
Allah SWT provides us with beautiful seasons. In many parts of the world, December is usually the coldest time of the year.
We enjoy this seasonal change and praise the glory of Allah SWT, wrapped in cozy blankets and warm clothes. But it’s not the same for all of us. Millions of people around the world, including our Muslim brothers and sisters, barely have enough resources to keep themselves warm.
So this is another great opportunity to earn Sawab and make an impact in the lives of vulnerable people. You can provide them with warm clothes and blankets, take care of their health, and provide groceries so they can make hot meals for themselves.
According to hadith,
SubhanAllah, what a great assurance for a deed as small as this.
If you want to give the gift of warmth to those in need, all you have to do is look around you. There are many destitute people around us— our house help, people on the streets, roadside vendors, cleaning staff, etc. Provide them warm clothes and hot food, and take care of them during the winter.
You can also donate to Ek Plate Biryani here, and we’ll make sure your donation reaches the ones in need. May Allah reward you abundantly.
4. Supporting an Orphan Child
So, today, you can pledge to support an orphan child individually, or if you have the resources, you can collectively support a group of orphans.
If you do not have the financial resources to fulfill the basic needs of one or more orphaned children, that’s okay. Islam emphasizes not just financial care of an orphan but emotional care as well.
According to another hadith, the Holy Prophet SAW said,
“Bring the orphan close to you, pat his head, and feed him with the same food you eat. It will soften your heart and fulfill your need.”
When a child is orphaned, they lose their closest relations in this world. Nothing can replace the love and affection of a parent, but if the world shows them enough love— that gap can be filled.
So, when you support them financially, you ensure they have the resources they need to grow into successful human beings. When you support them emotionally, you ensure they have the resources they need to grow into fulfilled human beings who had a loving childhood.
Before this year ends, you can visit a local orphanage, take gifts for the orphans, and spend quality time with them.
If you would like to donate to a cause that earns you Sawab and makes a difference in the lives of people in need, consider donating to Ek Plate Biryani’s Happiness Project, Thar Hand Pumps Project, or Food Ration Drives.
And Allah knows best.