From Ramadan to Eid: A call to charity and compassion

Jalees Ahmad, Al Hakam
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As we navigate the final days of Ramadan, a time of intense prayers and devotion, the anticipation for the joy of Eid lies ahead. As Eid approaches, preparations are underway, contemplating how to celebrate the occasion. Many will be organising gatherings with families, where meals will be meticulously prepared and loved ones will come together. Undoubtedly, mosques will be bustling with worshippers expressing gratitude to God for another blessed month of Ramadan. Prayers will be fervently offered, beseeching for the privilege of witnessing the advent of the next Ramadan.

To maintain and cultivate a bond with Allah, we must strive to emulate His beloved Messengersa. It is by following the example of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa that we can truly aspire to earn the love of Allah Almighty. His noble character and morality radiate through the accounts of his life in the books of seerah. Each time we delve into his biography, we should imbibe his qualities as one would embrace a fragrant scent.

It is narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa was, “the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-manaqib, Hadith 3554)

And so, if we are to enact one change, let it be this: Let us emulate the example of Prophet Muhammadsa. Let us endeavour to foster a transformation within our families, friends, and society, embodying his spirit of generosity. This task is not arduous; in fact, it is one of the simplest.

Regarding various kinds of good deeds, we find guidance from Allah’s Messengersa, who said that even smiling at your fellow brother in humanity is an act of charity; guiding others towards goodness and deterring them from wrongdoing are charitable deeds. Providing directions to a lost individual is considered an act of charity for you. (Jami‘ at-Tirmidhi, Kitab al-birri wa s-salati ‘an rasulillahsa)

As we celebrate Eid, embracing our faith, strengthening our bonds with Allah, and reuniting with family, let us each take a moment to perform at least one good deed. Let us not forget our fellow human beings, especially those around the world who endure poverty or unfavourable circumstances. And, if I may suggest, let us all contribute by giving to charity, helping our brothers in faith in Gaza.

Any contribution, no matter how small, carries significant weight in the eyes of Allah. (

Often, disbelievers pose the question: If there is a God, why does He allow such suffering? As Muslims, we should introspect: The same God who has granted us the means to assist, why should we not extend our help accordingly?

Do not let it be that on the Day of Judgement, God says to us: You prayed to Me, and I granted you the means to help those in need, yet you did not.

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