Today’s daily prompt at the dailypost is Random Act of Kindness: Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?
This is actually something we are discouraged from doing in Islam, to tell people about something that you did in secret. First we try to do everything we do for the sake of God, to please Him. Islam can, according to some scholars, be reduced to two essential things, which is recurring in all Abrahamic faiths, that is to worship God and to serve humanity.
We always try to live by these maxims, everything we do should first have the right intention. We’re not doing this to please someone else, or please ourselves. This removes from us a degree of subjectivity, it doesn’t matter who the receiver of this random act of kindness is. It might be my mother or my sworn enemy. We do it because we try to earn God’s pleasure above all.
Secondly, because we do it for the sake of God, it should stay between us and Him. We’re not trying to look good in front of other people, saying we did this or that, gave this amount of money to a charity etc. No one else needs to know, especially the recipient of that act. Why would you tell the recipient of an anonymous £1000 check that you were the one that sent it? No such things in my opinion should stay secret.
So rather than telling you about some random act of kindness I may have done, I’d like to tell you about something I’ve been following over the past few days. The Project for Awesome (P4A), a project to decrease world suck, which takes place on December 17-18 every year.
How it works, is that Online Creators create videos about their favourite charity which are then promoted and money is raised for these charities. The top ten of these videos as voted by the viewers will then receive the money. Currently $794,601 has been raised and money is still trickling in 2 days after the live event.
Last year Aiman Azlan did a video which I found cool.
As Muslims we should continuously do good, and encourage goodness. I just received a Press release by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) titled “Help Britain get through this winter!”
Reminding us that the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed Muslims: “Whoever believes in Almighty God and the Last Day let him treat his neighbour well.” He further explained that “He is not a believer, he who eats to his fill, whilst his neighbour besides him goes hungry.” Encouraging Muslims across the UK to serve their communities this winter and giving practical tips on how to do that.
- Support the Age UK ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.
- Keep checking on your neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable – offer to do their shopping for them if need be.
- Give out food (especially hot food) or invite your neighbours to your house.
- Come together and contact your local council for materials (snow shovels, grit) and help clear the snow if and when it arrives
Wa Allahu ‘Alam,
wa Alaikum Salam,
PS: Saying that we’re not doing it for ourselves, also implies we’re not doing something so we can feel good about having done it.
Also there might be situations where you’re telling you did something, to encourage other people to do the same, that is fine.