Earn Rewards through Social Activities in Ramadan
“The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and a clear proof for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadaan), then he must observe the Fast (that month).”
[Surah Al-Baqarah: 185]
Fasting is an act of worship.
And the month of Ramadan is all about worship.
And striving to do good deeds.
To please Allah (swt) alone.
Gain consciousness of Him and ultimately earn rewards.
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, in order that you may attain Taqwaa.”
[Surah Al-Baqarah: 183]
In the spirit of Ramadan, it is natural to want to do much good in order to earn much more reward.
So, in addition to your personal worship & devotion, you may still want to a make contribution to the Ummah through some social activities.
This is true especially for you as a Social Entrepreneur or Caller to Islam (Da’ee), who is desirous of impacting on others positively, bringing about change or moving your passion project forward.
You are excited.
Because you have a few ideas.
Maybe you could distribute some dawah materials or visit the sick or even help organise a charity drive.
But you wonder!
Is that OK?
Because it is Ramadan, and you want to maximise your time and earn rewards & blessings associated with the month, not simply socialise for the fun of it.
3 Beginning Steps
1. Start with a correct intention (e.g you want to support the weak and vulnerable; share of your time & knowledge; give charity to the poor & needy); and direct this intention towards the pleasure of Allah (swt).
2. Look around and note which services are the most needed within your immediate community. Or perhaps there’s a cause already existing you can support.
3. Draft a plan (allocate available day(s) & time, pool your resources together and carefully seek other like minded individuals – who can assist you in implementing your plan).
Taking it Further – Plan, then show up with commitment
Now you have a plan.
It is time to take action, by committing to your plan. If you need to show up twice a week, then plan ahead so you can show up as promised on time.
Utilise the resources around you, like friends & family; or extra stuff you have around the home.
Commitment means no excuses, procrastination and striving to make things happen – going that extra mile.
Tips to Remember in seeking Rewards
1. Begin with a sincere intention.
2. Guard your compulsory acts of worship such as praying 5 times a day – don’t get caught up with busyness.
3. Make Du’a often, seeking Allah’s help & guidance with the goal of your social activity(ies).
4. Recite, reflect and ponder over the verses of the Qur’an for inspiration.
5. Team up with other righteous and knowledgeable companions, especially those who share your vision.
6. Use the Quran & Sunnah as points of reference.
7. Read the Seerah for a good understanding of the Prophet’s fast & his activities during Ramadan as well as that of his companions (RA).
8. Guard your fasting by avoiding foul language & raising your voice but rather upholding general good character.
9. Always deal with others with Ihsan, excellence.
10. Be generous as the Prophet, (saw), was reported to be even more generous with good in Ramadan although he was known to be the most generous amongst people outside of Ramadan.
The Reward for Good
For each activity you engage in, it will be rewarded duly as long as the intention is sincere; and it is done purely for the sake of Allah (swt) alone. And also done in accordance to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saw).
So you can remain socially active in your community this Ramadan and earn some rewards.
If you do it for the sake of Allah (swt) alone, He will reward you. The beneficiary(ies) will pray for you and you will become one to bring positive change to someone’s life.
Strive to be consistent with the good you engage in.
Allah Ta’ala states that there will be great reward in the hereafter for those who do good in this world.
Is the reward for good [anything] but good? Surah Ar-Rahman:60
What more can you desire in this special month?
What one action can you take today towards rewarding social activities this Ramadan?