Acts of kindness in islam

How Acts of Kindness in Islam Guides You to a Contented Heart?

Acts of kindness and doing good things are right in the center of this guidance. These actions take care of your inner selves and give you a sense of purpose in life. 

The two key concepts that contribute to the creation of a meaningful existence. The first involves essential acts inspired by moral duty, and the second involves voluntary acts of kindness. Unlike other duties, these acts serve as pillars supporting the development of your inner selves.

“O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.” Surah Al-Baqarah (2:267).

How to find contentment through good deeds? 

True and lasting contentment comes from within your hearts, not from material achievements. Islam guides towards inner peace through acts of kindness and compassion that nourish the soul. Extending help to others can bring a feeling of calmness and meaning to your life. It’s like receiving blessings from God. 

A famous story of Abdul Rahman shows you how these ideas work in real life. He found peace and joy while imprisoned by sharing his food with fellow inmates. Despite his own suffering, his soul remained contented through helping people around him. His kindness and thoughtful gestures meant more to them than extra food. Though he lacked money and freedom, he continued to help his fellow brothers. This story is a reminder that even in times of suffering, you can still find peace and purpose by helping those around you. 

You may not all be as selfless as him right away, but you can start being selfless hereafter. Make people happy by smiling at them, take some time to help someone you really care about, and assist your neighbors when they need it. These simple actions not only bring joy to others but also create a culture of giving and selflessness. 

Importance and benefits of acts of kindness in islam

Acts of kindness add value to your life, no matter how big or small. Even a freely given compliment can bring smiles to the faces of others. Imagine you are carrying heavy bags with groceries or luggage. A random person approaches and assists in carrying those bags. How do you feel? This not only lightens your load but also adds a positive glow to social relationships. 

“Do not dismiss certain acts of kindness by deeming

them to be insignificant, even if (such an act) is to meet

your brother with a smiling face (for that is a deed

which might weigh heavily in your scale of deeds).”

Engaging in small acts that brighten your day is a key aspect of practicing kindness and compassion in Islam. Some of these acts of kindness which pave the way for a contented heart: 

Donating to charity (Sadaqah)

Charity (Sadaqah) is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others. Contributing to charity with your hard-earned income is immensely fulfilling. A monthly donation will make you feel good knowing that you are helping those in need. You can also donate to healthcare organizations and educational sponsorship supporting the needy children with scholarships and school supplies. 

Smiling and good manners 

Something as simple as a smile or holding the door can lift someone’s day. Expressing gratitude, or even sending a thoughtful message can brighten someone’s mood unexpectedly. Additionally, practicing active listening during conversations and showing empathy can create a supportive atmosphere. Remembering special occasions like birthdays or offering assistance to a colleague in need can make a notable impact. 

Visiting the sick

If a friend or someone you know is sick, visit them and engage in conversation. This can help them feel better and get well soon. Visiting the sick is not just about visiting, but about – being there for them, cheering them up, and spreading good vibes. Even if you can’t visit in person, you can send a get well card or check in through a call/text message. This shows that you genuinely care about them. 

Honoring Parents

Find a small way to honor your parents daily. Help them cook or clean without being asked, ask about their day. You can dedicate your quality time by having a meal together or going for a walk. Surprise them by preparing a favorite meal or organizing a family outing. Remember important dates like anniversaries. These kinds of  actions will make them feel loved and appreciated. It is a sign of respect and gratitude for all they have done for you.

Forgiving others

If someone is hurting you, forgive them instead of holding grudges. This makes things better for both of you. Letting go of grudges can free up your mind and promote emotional well being. Show kindness and help them feel less guilty. Remember that we all make mistakes, so forgive others just as you would want to be forgiven yourself. 

“And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed that is from the steadfast heart of matters.” (Quran 42:43)”


In conclusion, discovering happiness in Islamic perspective involves finding inner peace through acts of compassion and kindness. Extending a helping hand through charity and good deeds not only benefits others but also gives you countless rewards. Small acts of smiling, visiting the sick, honoring parents and forgiving others train you to lead with a contented heart. So, go ahead, spread those good vibes, make others happy, and live a contented life. 

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