When it comes to charity, donations and giving, so many of us think solely in terms of the money that we can afford to give. While monetary donations are, of course, extremely valuable and greatly appreciated, sometimes, it is another gift we have to offer that can make the biggest difference.

Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity) is a highly rewarded deed in Islam. Many different forms of charity count as Sadaqah Jariyah and one of the best is to give your time to help others.

Time is a highly precious gift that we can share with those around us, regardless of our background. Additionally, it is something that we all have to give – even if you think you are too busy, it is always possible to spare even just a few minutes of your time to give to someone in need.

In today’s hectic, fast-paced society, it can be all too easy to get distracted by things that do not really add value to our lives and the lives of others around us. Whether it is spending hours aimlessly scrolling through your social media feed or simply procrastinating, this is all valuable time that could be spent working to make your own or someone else’s life better.

An act of Sadaqah Jariyah, such as sponsoring a child to go to school, is a valuable way to spend your time – and it will bring countless rewards and blessings both now and in the Hereafter.

So, whether you have just a few minutes to spare or are prepared to set aside a longer period of time to help those around you, let’s explore just a few of the ways in which you can give the gift of time.

Making Time for Yourself

Above all else, it is important to ensure that you are making time for yourself. Feeling stressed and overworked can lead to burn-out and a struggle to give your all. However, tackling the day feeling refreshed, motivated, and ready to do your best will lead to a happier, healthier you. Isn’t that worth it?

That being said, relaxation doesn’t have to be the only way to spend the time you have to yourself. Instead, why not take the opportunity to go for a run, participate in some exercise, or try your hand at a new skill or hobby? By actively doing something to boost your fitness, knowledge or skillset, you will be preparing yourself for a rewarding day.

Making Time for Your Loved Ones

Our family and friends are a vital part of our lives. Not only do they love, support, and care for us, but they are the people who know us best and can really enrich the quality of our lives.

Making time for those closest to you is most likely something that you already do anyway, but are you really making the most of the time that you are spending with your loved ones? The next time that you are visiting family, heading out with friends, or even just spending a night in with your own family, put down your phone, say no to distractions or excuses, and simply spend some wonderful, quality time with the people who mean the most to you.

Making Time for Your Local Community

‘The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“It is also charity to utter a good word."

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Many of us are active in our community to at least some degree – whether it is simply attending your local Mosque, participating in community events, or even just making friends with the other families living on your street.

However, your community is the backbone of your local area, and contributing to this essential support network can bring benefits to a wide range of people. If you find that you have a little bit of spare time, why not offer it to a neighbour or member of your local community? Offer to take an elderly neighbour to an appointment, pick up some shopping for a busy family, or even just volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or charity donation point in your neighbourhood. Even these small acts of charity can create a larger ripple effect – the perfect example of why Sadaqah Jariyah is so highly rewarded.

Making Time for the Global Ummah

Of course, it isn’t just those we see every day who are in need. Across the world, many thousands of vulnerable people struggle to get by on a daily basis – as we are fortunate enough to live comfortably, it is our duty to help out where we can.

One great way to help those in need across the world is to sponsor a child to go to school. Contrary to popular belief, you can show your support not only through monetary contributions but also by organising a collection or fundraiser for essential school supplies and equipment to be used in schools in some of the most poverty-stricken parts of the world. In addition, you could volunteer your time to help raise funds, or even join a programme where you head overseas to help build a school or teach children in a developing country. While grandiose acts of Sadaqah Jariyah like this may not be feasible for us all, even just a small act of kindness can go a long way.

Time is the greatest gift, yet it is something that we all have available to us – both to give to others and to receive from those who care for us. Time is something to be treasured and respected; when used wisely, it is a gift that can be given throughout our lives.

So, take a moment to re-evaluate the time that you have available in your life. Is each moment spent wisely? Say goodbye to time-wasting and procrastination and, instead, make time to put this precious gift to good use throughout your life.

Give the gift of time and donate with Al Mustafa Welfare Trust today – your kind, selfless acts of Sadaqah Jariyah will earn you countless reward both now and in the Hereafter.

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