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The year ahead is yours to conquer

With the beginning of a new year, many people have taken some time to reflect upon the year that has passed and plan for the new one. It is a time of introspection, self reflection and anticipation for what lies ahead.
Whilst planning is important, we must also realise that Allah is the best of planners and we must place our trust in him in all our affairs.
As Aaidh ibn Abdullah Al Qarni says in his book “Don’t be sad”:
“When a Muslim sets out to do something, he must do the following: he must plan with caution, and he must put his trust in Allah.
The Prophet (PBUH), who was protected by Allah and who had a stronger trust in Allah than anyone else, wore armour in battle. A man asked the Prophet (PBUH), ‘Should I tie my camel to the post or should I put my trust in Allah?’ The Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘Tie it up and put your trust in Allah.’
When you take appropriate steps to reach your goal, and when at the same time you put your trust in Allah, you have implemented two important principles of Islamic Monotheism.”
Advice taken from our beloved Habib’Allah is the best form of advice.
Let us strive to follow his guidance and Insha Allah we will see success.

The art of giving charity in six easy steps

Charity in Islam, is not defined as one specific act. It is not merely the act of financially assisting the impoverished, feeding the hungry or healing the sick. Yes, spending one’s wealth in charity is a virtuous and noble act, the reward for which is from Allah alone, however, charity has many forms. It is in picking up hazardous material from the road or loving for your neighbour what you love for yourself. If we define charity as simply giving from our wealth, we are depriving ourselves of the deeper understanding of the teachings of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w)

Here are six tips to make charity a part of your life together with a teaching from our master Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w):

  1. Donate monthly to a specific charity – “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  2. Keep bottles of water in the fridge to hand out to those out in the heat – “The best form of charity is to give someone water to drink.” (Ibn Majah)
  3. Watch your words, speak kindly – “A kind word is a form of charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  4. Pay attention to your surroundings – “Removing a harmful thing from the pathway is charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  5. Smile more – “Your smile for your brother is charity.” (Tirmidhi)
  6. Do good where you can – “Every act of goodness is charity.” (Bukhari)

May we give of ourselves and our wealth and may it be a means of our salvation in this world and the next.