“From the ways to achieve happiness is to show benevolence to the creation and to benefit them as much as possible with wealth, position, physical assistance and all forms of kindness. Indeed, the generous, kind person is the happiest of the people, the most cheerful of them and those with the happiest hearts.
Conversely, the stingy person, who lacks kindness, is the most miserable of the people, the one with the most depressing life and the one with the greatest sorrow and anxiety.”
Book: The Keys To Happiness By Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim
Translated by Hassan Somali Hikmah Publications P. 27
I invite you to choose a way to show benevolence to the creation. Because the Prophet ﷺ,tells us: ‘The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfil his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah Almighty will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.’ [Al-Albani]
How can you be more beneficial to the creations of Allah ﷻ? How can you make a difference to the people around you?
In the quest to be beneficial to the creation, it is important that it is done based on priority:
Your spouse before your children.
Your parent before your siblings.
Your nuclear family before your extended.
Your family before an outsider.
Your neighbours before someone far away
and don’t forget the most important element underpinning being beneficial: SINCERITY OF INTENTION.
No matter the amount of good that you do… if it is not done sincere for the sake of Allah then it is a waste of time. I ask Almighty Allah ﷻ to protect me and you from riya (show-off). May He grant us the Tawfeeq to do things solely for Him!
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Till next time Fi Ammanillah!