I don’t know about you, but it seems to us at MuslimAtlanta that Ramadan has overall been easier this year than we expected, and that there has been a lot of good news this year. We often talk about the blessings of Ramadan, but they are more real than we often describe, for those who ask for them. We have had a new shahada in Masjid Al-Farooq just before the jumuah khutbah today. And in our personal lives, many things are becoming easier for us as Allah answers our duas.
However, I want to, if I may, remind us that we must look out for others in Ramadan, and the best way to do so is secretly, such that one hand knows not what the other hand does. For those of us who can afford it, this means giving financially, and this means giving to people we may not usually care to be around many times. For those of us who cannot afford to give financially, it may involve something else, but we should look for something to give to others, be it tangible or not. I’d like to make a recommendation for those of us who cannot give something secretly and to where others don’t know. If you can only give in view of others to where someone will know what you gave, then give, but say something the likes of “My boss sent this to you,” or “this fell out of your pocket”. Something that deflects the credit to someone else anonymous. This way, what would be a public deed might still be unknown to have come from you, and it will inspire others to give secretly in turn. If someone attempts to return a favor to your boss through you, then merely say, “(S)he told me you might try to pay it back, but someone did this same thing for her/him and said (s)he can only pay it back by doing it for someone else. That is you, and the condition is that you do something within your power for someone else and pass it on.”
This is what is referred to as “paying it forward.” This Ramadan, let’s take the time to start a year-round tradition of good deeds that multiply again and again, for which the only payback goes to someone else. If you can give to someone anonymously, take the time to write a note explaining this to the recipient. They cannot pay back except by doing the same anonymously for someone else.
May Allah reward you, and accept our good deeds and our fasting and our breaking of the fast.
- Ramadan Reminder – Day 17 (mithireflections.wordpress.com)
- ramadan tip #1 (deensisters.wordpress.com)
- Ramadan Kareem! (amillionreflections.wordpress.com)
- Great Advice for Ramadan (whatisramadan.wordpress.com)