Ramadan is a month where the rewards for good deeds are multiplied. This is the Month of Mercy where the gate of hell is closed, and doors of paradise are wide open. It is a month where we increase our acts of worship and are in a state of deep spirituality.
As we seek to transform our relationship with God in this holy month of Ramadan, this month also offers us splendid opportunities to do good to others. Our spirituality is not confined to just our relationship with Allah s.w.t, but also extended through our service to His creation.
This Month of Mercy, let us take the opportunity to maximise our efforts in attaining Allah’s pleasure by performing good deeds. Even with the COVID-19 measures, the door to do good is wide open for us.
Here are 5 things we can do this Ramadan:
It has always been part of our tradition to share food with our family, friends, neighbours and the community at large. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen our community organise communal break-fast sessions, inviting both Muslims and non-Muslims to join the festivities. The joy and love of Ramadan are being shared with everyone, with neighbours exchanging food with each other.
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Since last year, we have not been able to have large gatherings as the risk of COVID-19 is still high. However, this does not deter us from sharing food with others. We can use various food delivery services to order and send food to our loved ones, neighbours and friends.
Although we are not able to meet more than 8 people for buka puasa (breaking of fast) with the whole family and meet most of our friends this Ramadan, we can continue to strengthen our bonds through sharing the food with them. The rewards of feeding the other fasting person will continue to be applied even if we do not give the food physically.
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said,
مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا
“Whoever helps to break the fast of a fasting person (giving food), he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.”
We can also use this moment to volunteer in helping others. The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) is organising the Blessings to All Project. It aims to provide 20,000 meals for families-in-need as well as migrant workers in selected Factory-Converted Dormitories.
They are opening up opportunities for people to join as volunteers in distributing the food. You may register your interest here and they will get back to you.
As Muslims, we believe that by giving, we are gaining rather than losing. We give parts of our wealth, that Allah s.w.t has given us, by sharing with others. Companions such as Abu Bakar r.a, Umar r.a. and Uthman r.a. are known for their generosity and are good examples of this virtue.
Allah s.w.t mentioned in the Quran,
آمِنوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسولِهِ وَأَنفِقوا مِمّا جَعَلَكُم مُستَخلَفينَ فيهِ ۖ فَالَّذينَ آمَنوا مِنكُم وَأَنفَقوا لَهُم أَجرٌ كَبيرٌ
“‘Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and spend (in charity), for them is a great Reward.”
(Surah Al-Hadid, 57:7)
In this challenging time, if we are blessed with more, let us share it with others who need it more than us. Let’s support one another and lift each other up. Many people are or will be affected by COVID-19, directly or indirectly. Its economic impact is already felt by some.
With regards to making donations, we can help feed those in need by pledging our donation to the Blessings to All Project initiative.
We can also continue to help our mosques even as their doors are currently closed. They still need to maintain the mosque and continue paying the salaries of mosque workers. Even as our mosques remain closed, the religious services that they offer have been shifted online.
Let us play our part to help our mosque in this difficult time and help them sustain their operations and services. You may contribute any amount to any mosque of your choice. Visit OurMasjid.Sg for more information.
Zakat forms the third pillar of Islam. As Muslims, it is our obligation to pay zakat when it is due. This year, we can pay zakat through various virtual platforms. As the mosques are closed, zakat can continue to be paid online.
You may fulfil your Zakat digitally via:
1. www.zakat.sg using PayNow, Debit, and eNETS
2. AXS machines islandwide
3. DBS iBanking
4. DBS/POSB ATM transfers
5. Cheque made payable to Muis or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Do visit www.zakat.sg for more information.
Remember to also check with our parents who may not be aware of how they can fulfil their third pillar of Islam. Help them to make their zakat payments online. Reassure them that the rewards and blessings for paying zakat online are similar to the rewards and blessings of paying in-person, insya’Allah.
One of the things that many of us can do during this Ramadan to get ourselves more involved at home and be with our loved ones. Use these moments to do household chores together more extensively than before.
For the gentlemen, this is the moment to be more involved in the kitchen if we haven't been doing it previously. We can prepare meals for sahur and buka puasa. After all, the reward of feeding those fast is the same as the reward that a fasting person gets. Imagine getting the reward for your own fast, and the rewards of preparing it for your loved ones at home!
Rasulullah s.a.w. said,
خَيْرُكُمْ خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِهِ وَأَنَا خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِي
“The best of you is the one who is best to his family, and I am the best of you to my family.”
We may also use this Ramadan to enhance our spirituality together with our loved ones. Use this opportunity to pray together, such as performing Terawih and Tahajjud prayers. Let’s enlighten the spirit of Ramadan in our own homes, Insya’Allah.