A month of good deeds
By time, Verily Man is in loss. Except such as have Faith, and do good deeds, and (join together) in the mutual enjoining of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy. (Sura Al Asr 103:1-3)
One of the seven pillars of Islam is Zakat, an act of financial charity, which is obligatory for those who have excess wealth. However, giving Zakat is not the only way to bless those around you during the Holy Month, and here we highlight other charitable acts that can be performed in the name of Allah and as a blessing on both the giver and the recipient.
Good deed of the day: Help out in the kitchen
The daily Iftar meal is a wonderful time of communion after a long day of fasting. The hands that prepare this meal are blessed, but also tired. Lend a hand by chopping onions, setting the table, or cleaning up after the meal. If you are the household cook, make an extra meal once per week for an elderly neighbour, for an employee, or for a new mother.