Islam places great emphasis on acts of kindness and compassion towards others. Simple acts of goodness can significantly brighten someone’s day and bring joy to their heart. From donating money to charity to helping a class fellow with their studies, the acts of selflessness and compassion are endless.
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“Every act of kindness is a Sadaqa (charity)”
The Prophet himself was an embodiment of compassion, always forgiving and kind.
Wondering what small acts of kindness you can do? This article will explore some ways of making someone’s day better, rooted in Islamic teachings. These acts foster a sense of community and allow us to embody the true essence of Islam through genuine connections and selfless gestures.
Giving Sadaqah (Charity)
Islam encourages believers to give to those in need. Set aside a portion of your earnings for Sadaqah and actively seek out those deserving of your charity. This act not only benefits others but also purifies the heart.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire”
He also said Allah offers relief on the Day of Judgment for those who give Sadaqah:
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity”
There are two main types of charity in Islam:
Zakat is an obligatory form of charity and one of Islam’s Five Pillars. A fixed portion (usually 2.5%) of a person’s accumulated wealth (including savings, investments, and assets) must be given to those in need, such as people experiencing poverty and those in debt. Zakat is intended to help distribute wealth more evenly within society and to assist those who require support.
Sadaqah in Islam, on the other hand, is a voluntary charity. It includes giving, whether money, food, clothing, or even a kind gesture, to help others. Sadaqah can be given to the less fortunate to support community projects or to aid in disaster relief efforts. It is not mandatory but highly encouraged in Islam.
To make charity a habit, create a “Sadaqah Jar” where you and your family contribute regularly. Together, decide on charitable causes to support and discuss the impact of your donations.
Greeting With A Smile
In Islam, a smile is considered an act of charity, and the concept of charity extends beyond just giving material possessions; it also encompasses acts of kindness, compassion, and help to others in any form. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns, or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity.”
Hence, you do not have to make grand gestures of kindness when a smile can turn somebody’s bad day into a good one. Sometimes something as small as a smile can be enough!
Greet those around you with a warm and sincere smile, spreading positive energy and lifting their spirits. Challenge yourself to smile at strangers, colleagues, and friends alike, and watch how it transforms their day.
Acts of Service.
Engaging in acts of service is a beautiful way to make someone’s day better. Offer to help with household chores, carry groceries for older people, or lend a hand to a neighbor in need. Such selfless acts reflect the Islamic values of empathy and compassion.
You can even organize a community service day where friends and family come together to assist those who require help. Use social media’s power and share pictures and stories of your experiences to inspire others to do the same.
In the age of technology, sending a heartfelt message to someone is effortless. Take a moment to send a kind text, email, or even a handwritten note expressing gratitude, love, or encouragement. Your words can uplift someone’s mood and make them feel valued.
Also, be mindful of the language you use when speaking to others. Offer words of encouragement, appreciation, and support. Acknowledge their efforts and achievements, no matter how small they may seem. You can also cultivate a habit of expressing gratitude for the blessings in your life. Thank others for their kindness and help. Gratitude creates a positive atmosphere and strengthens relationships.
After all, making someone’s day is easy. Just a few kind words can make a difference!
Sharing a meal is a splendid way to connect with others and strengthen bonds. It is a beautiful and meaningful practice in Islam that fosters a sense of community, strengthens bonds, and reflects the values of generosity and hospitality. Sharing food is considered an act of charity (Sadaqah) and holds great significance in Islam.
Invite a neighbor or coworker for lunch or dinner, or pack an extra meal to give to a homeless person. Inviting someone for a meal, especially those going through a difficult time, provides emotional support and shows that they are cared for and not alone in their struggles.
The Prophet P.B.U.H said,
“Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person”
In Surah Al-Hujurat (49:12), Allah says,
“And do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is accepting of repentance and Merciful.”
This verse strongly admonishes backbiting and compares it to a repulsive act.
Islam urges us to reflect on our own shortcomings rather than focusing on the faults of others. That encourages you to think positively about others and reflect on yourself to become a better person.
After all, there is nothing more unkind than backbiting.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“Be merciful to others, and you will receive mercy. Forgive others, and Allah will forgive you.”
It is important to realize that forgiveness is not excusing or condoning the actions of others but freeing yourself from the burden of carrying resentment and anger. Understand that forgiving is an act of self-empowerment.
The Prophet himself embodied kindness and forgave anyone who caused him pain and suffering. The incident of Ta’if is an example of such forgiveness. After facing rejection and hostility from the people of Ta’if, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) forgave them instead of seeking revenge. When Angel Jibril (Gabriel) offered to destroy the city for their treatment, the Prophet responded with mercy, saying that he hoped their descendants would one day embrace Islam.
Incorporating these acts of kindness into your daily life aligns with Islamic principles and strengthens the bonds of community and brings joy to those around you. By spreading positivity, practicing empathy, and giving selflessly, you embody the true spirit of Islam. Remember, even the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference.