By Musa Bukhari
“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Al-Daraqutni)
While we adapt to the difficult time we’re living through, we must try to find ways that we can still support others. Remember, what matters most isn’t the trial Allah tests us with, but our response to it. Here are a few ways to make the most of this Ramadan:
- Consider the people who have wronged you and that you may have wronged, and ask Allah to forgive you and them. This will help to bring you peace of mind and of heart.
“Do you not wish that God should forgive you? God is most forgiving and merciful.” (24:22)
- Challenge yourself to be more generous with your words. Be kind, try to remain positive and spread positivity to those around you.
“Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent.” (Al-Bukhari)
- Do one good deed a day, anonymously.
“To whoever, male or female, does good deeds and has faith, We shall give a good life and reward them according to the best of their actions.” (16:97)
- Since we’re all self-isolating, reach out to your family members and put effort into checking up on others. Surprise them by buying a gift online. This will increase the love and closeness that you feel for one another.
“Verily, the believers with the most complete faith are those with the most excellent character and who are most kind to their families.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
- If you have children, buy a money box for them and teach them the virtue of sharing what they have by giving to charity. You can even pass the time making and decorating a money box together, using a juice carton, jar, or tissue box.
There are many different types of charity that you can provide through Human Appeal this year – from providing olive trees in Palestine, to supporting a hospital in Syria, to helping to rebuild mosques in Pakistan. Explore all our Ramadan projects.
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari)
- Learn a dua and use it to supplicate to Allah. Allah has 99 attributes and names that can help you through many trials. Call on Him by the name that which most relates to your situation, such as the Forgiving, the Merciful or the Protector. Remember, the prayer of a fasting person is never rejected.
“Say [to them], ‘Call on God, or on the Lord of Mercy– whatever names you call Him, the best names belong to Him.’” (17:110)
- If you are involved in something that may cause His displeasure, make the intention to quit and make dua for Him to help you to do so.
“Verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah but that Allah will replace it with something better.” (Aḥmad)
- Get involved with helping out around the house. It’s a Prophetic quality.
Aisha (ra) was asked: “What did the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) do in his house?” She said: “He was a human being like any other; he would clean his garment, milk his sheep and serve himself.” (Aḥmad)
- Sponsor an orphan this Ramadan. It could be your gateway to being with the Prophet (PBUH) in Paradise.
“I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this," putting his index and middle fingers together. (Al-Bukhari)
- Charity is a sustainer. If you are struggling financially, give.
“Charity does not in any way decrease wealth and no one forgives another, but that Allah increases his honour, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah, but that Allah elevates his status.” (Muslim)
- Offer to drop off groceries and other supplies to older and vulnerable neighbours while maintaining social distance.
“He is not a believer who spends the night satiated while the neighbour to his side is hungry.” (al-Mustadrak)