Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”
Eeman is that feeling which combines one’s belief and action. It is the belief of heart which is out to action. Everyone has days when we feel an eeman rush and rush to do deeds which will please our Creator, the one and only. But, everyone also has those days when we don’t feel that eeman rush and question ourselves or let ourselves go astray. Kindness is an easy way to bring ourselves closer to Allah. Kindness can be in any form. Allah azzwajal loves kindness, as it is narrated in the following hadith –
‘A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: ‘A’isha, verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers upon kindness which he does not confer upon severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it (kindness).
(Book #032, Hadith#6273) (Sahih Muslim)
‘A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.
(Book #032, Hadith #6274)
Malik related to me from Abu Ubayd, the mawla of SulaymanibnAbd al-Malik from Khalid ibnMadan who attributed it to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, “Allah, the Blessed and Exalted is kind and loves kindness. He is pleased with it and helps you with it as long as it is not misplaced. When you ride dumb beasts, stop them in their stopping places, and quicken their pace when the land is barren. Travel by night, because the land is travelled faster at night than it is during the day. Beware of pitching tents on the road, for it is the path of animals and the abode of snakes.”
(Book #54, Hadith #54.15.38) Malik’s Muwatta
There is no doubt whatsoever that any act of kindness done with even a bit of emotion will go wary or will not bring us closer to Allah. In our day-to-day routines, there are a number of small acts which we can do to show kindness without having to go much out of our way. One of the best acts of kindness is charity, and charity doesn’t necessarily mean giving money or clothes or something to a poor person. As it is mentioned in the following hadith, one’s smile is also a form of charity!
“Smiling in the face of your brother is charity … and pouring out from your bucket into your brother’s bucket is charity.”
(Authenticated by Al-Albani)
Some other acts of kindness which can be incorporated in our daily life routines now and then to increase our eeman are –
- Refrain from negative talk and steer a conversation if it seems to go that way
- Don’t interrupt when someone is trying to tell something
- Listen intently and with full interest
- Say please and thank you
- Remove an obstacle from the road/footpath
- Wish people a good day or a good morning/afternoon
- Drive politely
- Give up your seat for someone if you’re in a crowded place, not necessarily an elderly person
- Drop off items of need at orphanages or shelters
- Ask your friends and family how you can help them (Sometimes only asking is what makes the opposite person feel good)
- Send a thank-you note to someone who you remember has helped you in times of need or otherwise
- Plant a seed
- Gift something to someone
- Forgive the debt of someone who owes you
- Feed a cat/dog
There are a number of actions which can be termed as kind an eeman filling. Kindness is also a way to soften one’s heart. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below as to what kind thing you did today or plan to do tomorrow J Let’s build a society filled with love and affection even outside our homes by showing kindness to people, known and unknown. May Allah accept our deeds of kindness and help us create such a society.