All praise is due to Allah for all that He has given and provided. All praise to Him for being the One and only true Lord worthy of worship, He, the One in control. All praise to Him for all His blessings and for a new chance, this beautiful day.
Allah is so Great, He showers us with His blessings which show up in so many different ways. One of the many ways is that He created our Ummah. A larger family with similar ideas, aspirations and targets. He then encouraged us to love, share and be kind to each other.
He works in His own Majestic way to place the right people in our lives at the right time. Through our many new acquaintances and many fallouts and through all the experiences, Allah is doing His works in order to shape us into being our BEST selves.
The hadith "The one who shows the way to a good deed is like he is the doer" fascinates me. In Islam, we are encouraged to share ideas and encouragement to the extent that we could be reaping the benefits of the charity even after our death. The idea of giving is deeply implanted in our Islamic system; and giving is not limited to materialistic matters, but rather encompasses all forms of behaviours that keep us well attached to each other.
The more you give the more you get.
The more thanks you give to Allah, the more blessings you get, likewise the more kindness you show to others, the more you get back. At the end of the day it’s about the attitude you carry and the perspective you choose to carry with you in life.
Everyone in life has their share of difficulties and triumphs. Do you want to focus on the difficulties or do you want to focus on the blessings you have?
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe." (14:7)
Have you ever stood in front of a crowd of people and just smiled? What was the return? Many, many smiley faces returned to you. That is the effect of giving; the more good you give, the more good you receive and the more bad you give, the more bad you receive.
The Prophet salaAllahu alaihi wa sallam taught us how to give in different forms; he said:
“تبسمك في وجه أخيك صدقة، وأمرك بالمعروف صدقة ونهيك عن المنكر صدقة، وإرشادك الرجل في أرض الضلال لك صدقة، ونصرك الرجل الرديء البصر لك صدقة، وإماطتك الحجر والشوك العظم عن الطريق لك صدقة”
Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity, So is enjoining good and forbidding evil, giving directions to the lost traveler, aiding the blind and removing obstacles from the path.
Nothing in that hadith mentions giving in the materialistic form, it is time and energy that are more precious than money can ever be; money can be regained but time never can. When one gives you a few seconds, minutes or hours of their life, that is something they gave for good. An investment in their hereafter.
Charles Spurgeon is recorded saying, “What I spent, I had; what I saved, I lost; what I gave, I have.”
The way to reap the best benefits of “the more you give the more you get” is by not expecting anything in return. Although the returns are guaranteed, you don’t walk around looking for them because by doing that you lose focus on being happy and sharing it with others.
Sharing is caring indeed; a small act of kindness can go a long way in helping someone in their life. You never know what a person is going through; with your kind words or gestures, you can help a person in ways that you never thought possible.
May you have a lovely day today filled with wonderful moments that you share with others, moments that can help others through their hard times and through life’s challenges.
photo credit: Wajahat Mahmood