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♡♥Generosity….A way of life.

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With our occasional donations at different times of the year, we tend to believe that we have performed the obligation of spending on others. Generosity is not a one time act; it’s a person’s lifestyle, a daily habit, a way of life and the ways to achieving this are limitless! It does not only imply spending one’s money for a good cause as that is just a part of it. Generosity is the result of being kind toward others with everything that we have been blessed with; it could be with our wealth, time, advice, expertise or even our smile. It is about sharing it with others with a big heart!
Generosity is of different types:

1) With Wealth:
This includes Zakaah and Sadaqah(charity). Giving out from one’s wealth is immensely high lighted in our beautiful religion, so much that zakaah is one of the five pillars of Islam. According to Islam Q  and A, Zakaah  is enjoined in Islam on specific things, which are: gold, silver, crops, fruits, trade goods and an’aam livestock, i.e., camels, cattle and sheep. Whereas, sadaqah is not obligatory on any kind of wealth, rather it is what a person can give, without any specific limits or guidelines. Our prophet Mohammed SAW taught us how simple it is for one to enjoin in sadqah in this beautiful hadith:
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.”   (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)
SubhanAllah! Even the smallest of actions when performed with a pure intention are considered a form of charity; hence we should make good use of this.
Moreover, Allah swt says in the glorious Qur’an:
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:261)
This incredible ayah portrays the infinite reward from Allah swt for those who spend for His sake, so how could we carelessly deprive ourselves of such a reward by putting a limit to our generosity?

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2) With Time:
Many a times, we get caught up with work load, it could be due to our school/university deadlines or our demanding jobs and careers. This causes us to isolate ourselves from others in order for us to ‘focus’ on finishing the tasks on hand. Our loved ones get less attention, we become outdated with new events and happenings in their lives and we almost forget that others exist alongside us. Being generous with our time is a fundamental aspect of having healthy relationships. If we don’t even have the time to ask others “how was your day”, then how could we expect our relationships to remain prosperous?
Action plan:
1) Give your loved ones more of your time- the key to doing this is to manage your time well by ensuring time for work and time for family and friends.
2) Volunteering activities- If you don’t know what to do when free, then what could be more honorable than dedicating some of your time to help those who are less fortunate or for community service?
3) With Advice
The prophet SAW taught us to love for one another what we love for ourselves:
It is narrated on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) observed: “None amongst you believes (truly) until he loves for his brother” – or he said “for his neighbor” – “that which he loves for himself.” (Sahih Muslim)
Therefore, if a friend is going through certain difficulties, our main concern should be to see the smile on their faces by relieving them from their stress or worries.
Action plan:
1) It is a duty upon us to listen to people’s concerns without interruptions and with full attention so that we may be able to give the best advice possible.
2) We have to be sincerely concerned for those who come to confide in us, it would be inconsiderate of us to just give any advice in order to dismiss them as soon as could be.
3) Whatever secret information is disclosed during the conversation must be kept safe and not publicized to the entire world. We have to appreciate people’s privacy and abstain from injuring their feelings and emotions.
Inspirational Stories:

1) Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
“The Messenger of Allah SAW commanded us one day to give sadaqah. At that time I had some property. I said: Today I shall surpass AbuBakr if I surpass him any day. I, therefore, brought half my property. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked: What did you leave for your family? I replied: The same amount. AbuBakr brought all that he had with him. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked him: What did you leave for your family? He replied: I left Allah and His Apostle for them. I said: I shall never compete you in anything.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
2) One day a beggar knocked on the door of AyeshaRAaaand she was fasting. There was only a piece of bread in the house for AyeshaRAaato break her fast with, yet she insisted for it to be given to the beggar, overlooking her own need. That evening, food was sent to her door and it was better than the piece of bread she had. SubhanAllah!
Without a doubt, the most generous of people to ever walk on earth are the Prophet SAW and the companions. They are our role models because they were generous even in times of hardship and never did they do it for publicity, it was solely for the sake of Allah swt. We have to revive this aspect of our Islamic identity; therefore, let’s get into the ‘art of giving’ and make it a habit to put a smile on a person’s face, everyday!
References:
1)http://islamqa.info/en/9449
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By Ibtihal Al-khalifin
Www.islamiconlineuniversity.com

★The Purpose Of Life

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In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

What is the purpose of this life? Why were we created? What is the reason for our existence?

Sadly these are questions that most people shy away from and instead prefer to do what everyone else is doing; ‘make money and maximise pleasure’. As muslims, it is of utmost importance we remind ourselves daily the purpose of our lives in order not to stray off the right path.

As we already know, we didn’t accidentally appear on planet earth; we were created by God, The Almighty. But it is the reason of being created that most people are not aware of. Though Our Creator never left us to find it out ourselves, it has always been there in the manual He gave us for this life.

The Quran says:
And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone) (Q51:56)

“Who (Allah) has created death & life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed”. (Q67:2)

So it is that and nothing else. Our only purpose of been on this earth is to worship God i.e strive with everything we have & through every means to come closer to Him. And by His infinite mercy, He promised to reward us according to how we worship Him, in the next life.

“Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). And (as for) those who disbelieve and reject our communications, these are the companions of the hell-fire”. (Q5:9-10)

One may ask how then should we act accordingly? How do we spend our entire lives worshipping God? “By dedicating our whole life in servitude to Him”. This means we would not do except that which pleases Him, and we are quick to repent if perchance we do the opposite.

In these times, what we see of how muslims spend their lives is indeed very troubling. Many waste their lives in sins, all in the name of maximising pleasure; watching & listening to that which is displeasing to Allah for endless hours, chasing after women and wealth through all sort of bad means, copying the west in every haram thing they do, following every low evil desire their soul whispers to them…to mention but a few.
And God has said:

“Does man think that he will be left suda [neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord on Him]?” (Q75:36)

“Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous good deeds, in their present life and after their death? Worst is the judgement that they make.”  (Q45:21)

What would they miss if they follow Gods commandment? Do they fear hardships? Then surely they are not conversant with their life manual because God has made it clear that this life will be filled with both good and bad “Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.”(Q31:35) And as believers, our hardships are only ladders that take us closer to God by reminding us of our need for Him. How regretful would they be if they end up being asked this question on the day of no pardoning?

“Did you think We  had created you in play (without any purpose) and that you will not be brought back to Us.?” (Q23:115)

So I ask myself first and the one reading this right now; “what will we lose if we spend a lifetime studying our glorious Quran? Our God sent message that tells us about all that is in this world and beyond. “What will we miss out on if we spend the rest of our lives seeking to come closer to God through every means in our homes & in our work places?” “Aren’t we aware of that which awaits us?” Paradise; the land of everlating pleasure!

Surely, there is an ardent need for reminding ourselves daily our purpose of life, for it is only by doing that, we would not fall prey to this deceiving world. And we ask Allah earnestly to keep us firm on the straight path for the rest of our lives, ameen.

“And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew”.(Q29:65)

By Umm muh’d
http://www.themuslimh.wordpress.com