Every Act of Kindness is a Sadaqa (charity)

Islam teaches us that helping and showing kindness to others actually makes us feel better about whatever difficulty we are going through ourselves, and ultimately brings us closer to Allah (SWT). Our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter.” (Sahih Muslim)

There are many things we can do to assist others. Making an effort to be kind will help us to please Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

“Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness.” (Quran 5:2)

We must remember that we will all come across various struggles throughout this life. We may not know of the hardships that people around us are enduring, so we should make an effort to be sympathetic towards them and try to assist them as best we can.

We may not realise how much our kindness towards them can make them feel better. We read the hadith:

“O Aisha, Allah is gentle and He loves gentleness. He rewards for gentleness what is not granted for harshness and He does not reward anything else like it.” (Sahih Muslim)

We learn about ourselves from our attitude and behaviour towards other people, whether they are a family member or a member of the general public. To develop our kindness and sympathy, we should make du’aa (supplication) for those around us if we know they are facing a difficulty, as we know that Allah (SWT) is in charge of everything.

As Muslims, we believe that together we are one ummah. This concept should push us more to help each other out. Our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:

“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

An often neglected way of expressing kindness is the giving of gifts. So regardless of how much we spend on a gift, it is still very powerful. We read in the hadith:

“Exchange presents with one another, for they remove ill feelings from the hearts.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

We may often forget that our faith teaches that assisting others and expressing our kindness is a form of charity. When we ponder on this concept, we realise how powerful it is, as even though every act of kindness may not involve giving money, in Islam it is still counted as a charitable act. Our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Every act of kindness is a Sadaqa (charity).” (Sahih Bukhari, Muslim)

We should make it our intention to be more kind and help others more often, as Islam teaches us that Allah (SWT) will reward us for our efforts and good actions. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

“Is there any reward for good other than good?” (Qur’an 55:60)

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