Allah is The Most Kind, The Clement (Ar Ra’uf) He created Kindness and He loves Kindness. “Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He who is in heaven will show mercy on you.”
There’s no religion that promotes kindness like Islam. We are told to greet each other with a smile and peace. There is no “we don’t talk to strangers” in the Muslim Ummah.
If we cook too much food, we should give the extra to our neighbour. Islam advises us to give gifts to increase our love for each other. Finally, we have the most kindest role model to show us what it means to be kind… Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) who said:
“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.”
1. Leave a thank you note for the last person who helped you with anything big or small.
If you’ve ever been thanked, rewarded or given a good appraisal you will know how it feels, it’s wonderful. Knowing that your hard work is appreciated and not unnoticed can change your life. Do that for others, encourage and motivate those around you. Give thanks.
“Those who do not thank the people, do not thank Allah.”
2. Bring cookies to your work and share them with your colleagues.
Not to get in the manager’s good books (this comes from hard work, determination & will) not to make your colleagues like you (this comes from being genuine, straight forward & honest) but to be kind. To show them that Muslims are normal. Islam is not an isolating religion & everybody loves cookies…
3. Buy lunch or coffee for the person behind you in the line.
Just make sure they are female, if you are female & vice versa or else this could become very awkward. Just pay without them noticing, don’t make it a huge deal and do it before the person can refuse and walk away smiling… All they will remember is that stranger in hijab paid for her meal..
4. Have the kids make cards for family or friends. Hand deliver them if possible. I’m sure you will brighten someone’s day.
A great mood-booster. Even those relatives you don’t get along with perfectly would appreciate it. A universal deed. I have British family who would love it and I have Egyptian family who would love it equally. Schedule a visit to your relatives, it’s probably long overdue.
5. Drop off a plate of cookies/chocolate at the nurses station at the local hospital.
Next time you are baking, bake an extra plate and take it to your local hospital. Wrap it up & leave a kind not. Simple.
6. Make “homeless blessing bags” insert some money, toothbrush, deodorant, maybe a Qur’an or other helpful book. Basic things that we take for granted.
Something we should all make more effort in: helping the homeless. It breaks my heart to see people in the street, just the other day I saw a boy less than 15 on the cold, street without any shoes. I was gobsmacked but I didn’t do anything. Sometimes, I don’t know what to do. Language barrier. Male/female barrier. But in Islam, in any religion, there’s nothing wrong with giving someone a “homeless blessing bag” and walking away…
May Allah protect our homeless brothers & sisters. Astaghfirullah.
7. Buy a starbucks gift card and give it to someone who needs cheering up.
And if they are your friend, relative make a date on the card. Ask them to keep it free & meet up for a coffee. Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a great stress-reliever. A chat, some coffee and cake can sometimes make a day so special. It’s the little things.
8. Give your child’s teacher a small gift to say thank you for his/her hard work. If you are a teacher, reward your assistant.
I am a teacher myself, so I didn’t want to promote rewarding teachers. Besides, my parents couldn’t be more lovely to me but sometimes I think about my assistant. Make sure all her hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Praise her, build her confidence, make her feel needed and a small present can make the whole year successful in sha Allah…
9. Smile at a stressed mum and tell her she’s doing a great job.
This happens often. Stressed out mums. May Allah grant them Paradise. Don’t be afraid to talk to her, tell her that her baby is beautiful and she is doing a great job. She probably needs to hear it and you never know what a good word can do…
10. Choose a day off. Take your family and go visit the sick in a hospital. A few hours won’t hurt anyone.
The most difficult one for me. I have a fear of hospital’s & when I see sick people, I break down. I just cry… not very helpful, not very productive. My husband is the stronger one who takes the initiative to actually help while I stand crying… lol
But seriously, what a blessing health is and I guarantee we all take it for granted. Visit the sick, brighten their day, I once saw a picture of a man on Facebook who spends some of his free time in the children’s ward reciting Qur’an…. MashAllah! The hardest part is actually going, trust me.