Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Two

Foodie Lesson 2 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

I pray you all had a wonderful first fast. I pray you were successful in trying to fast with our hearts as well as our stomachs inshaAllah. 

Today I will talk about one of the most prestigious acts aside from fasting itself in Ramadhan.  It is to be charitable.

When we think of charity we often think of money. It is true that most types of charity are money-orientated such as the obligatory Zakaat.

Then there is Sadaqah which is optional. Sadaqah is of many forms and varieties. It is to be charitable in all sorts of ways; it could be to give money to those suffering in countries abroad, to give money to aid the building of a new masjid, to give money to a local Islamic youth programme… The list goes on. Nowadays with access to sites like ‘justgiving’ it is easy to donate to the so many humanitarian and Islamic dawah causes.

And the great thing about it is that in the month of Ramadhan the reward of these actions are doubled!!

Abu Hurairah RA reported Allah’s Messenger SAW saying “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth.” (Muslim)

This means that although it may look like our wealth in digits has decreased by giving sadaqah Allah increases the barakah (blessings) of the money that remains in your possession so it stretches further than you can imagine.
May Allah swt give us the opportunity to be charitable with the little or a lot of money we may have. Ameen

BUT… Charity is not just to do with wealth. We find the fasts are long this Ramadhan which means a lot of time to do good. So how about being charitable with our time?

The Prophet SAW said: “To smile in the company of your brother is charity.  To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity.  To guide a person in a place where he can get astray is charity.  To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity.  To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity.  To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)

We can see from this beloved saying that charity can be a lot more than to do with money. Charity can be simply to show affection to your loved ones or even strangers by smiling :mrgreen:!

So this Ramadhan, maybe even today… See if you can as foodies maybe make a meal for your neighbour or local homeless shelter, maybe organise a street clean or volunteer at your local old peoples home or even offer to spring clean to your local masjid or organise a Ramadhan-themed play date for some of your children’s friends… Let’s try and be creative in our good deeds as Ramadhan is not just about creating goodness within ourselves but showing and giving goodness to others. And besides that, Muslim or non-Muslim everyone knows it feels good to help others.

Allah says in Surah Baqarah:
“Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and do not follow up their spending by stressing their benevolence and causing hurt, will find their reward secure with their Lord. They have no cause for fear and grief. To speak a kind word and to forgive people’s faults is better than charity followed by hurt. Allah is All-Sufficient, All-Forbearing. ”

May Allah make us of those who are charitable with our wealth and our time so that we can be of those who He loves. Ameen

🌼 Happy 2nd Ramadhan 🌼

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