At times we regard kindness as something petty and insignificant. When that happens we need to stop and think about the times people have helped us and how their act of kindness has changed our day or even our lives.
Have you ever lost something that is dear to you and someone was thoughtful enough to look for you and return it to you?
Have you ever needed a favour from a friend and he or she actually took the time and effort to help you?
Have you ever sought for good advice and received it?
Sometimes it's the simplest gestures that mean a lot and sometimes it's the smallest things that make the biggest difference. I owe some of the happiest moments in my life to people who were caring and thoughtful enough to come to my aid and be there for me.
And isn't it wonderful that God has encouraged us to help one another as a powerful form of worship and meaningful form of charity?
Abu Dhar (r.a.) narrates that Rasulullah (p.b.u.h.) said: Smiling at your brother is sadaqah (charity); enjoining good and forbidding from evil is sadaqah; directing someone who has lost his way is sadaqah; guiding a man with poor eyesight is sadaqah; removing stones, thorns and bones from the path is sadaqah; and pouring water from your bucket into your brother's bucket is sadaqah. (Tirmidhi)Never underestimate the virtue of kindness and the importance of helping one another because Allah swt is al-Alim (the All Knower) and al-Karim (the Generous). He knows our each and every intention and action and He is The One who will reward us for all the good deeds that we do.