Helping others feels good

Helping Others and Its Reward

Helping the poor and needy should be the prime objective of every human. Helping the poor and needy people is a good deed and a noble aim. Helping others can make you feel rewarded, fulfilled and empowered. Helping those in need and supporting those in distress is a way of thanking and praising Allah for His blessings. The great barrier and space between the rich and the poor are widening and it becomes imperative for every person to lay aid to the issue. Allah says:

إِن تُبْدُوا الصَّدَقَاتِ فَنِعِمَّا هِيَ وَإِن تُخْفُوهَا وَتُؤْتُوهَا الْفُقَرَاءَ فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ وَيُكَفِّرُ عَنكُم مِّن سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

“If you give charity openly then what a good thing it is; and if you give to beggars, hiding it is better for you than everything, and He will remove some of your sins. And Allah is Aware of what you do.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:271)

Helping others is a fundamental aspect of Islam since the teaching itself promotes peace. Helping others is the main highlight of Islam as the religion of peace. Helping others effect can ripple throughout the community, inspiring dozens of individuals to make a difference. Regular volunteering can improve your ability to manage stress, stave off disease, and increase your sense of life satisfaction. Allah showers his blessings in numerous ways on His servant when he/she relieves other Muslims in distress. Allah says:

وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِأَعْدَائِكُمْ وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ وَلِيًّا وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ نَصِيرًا

“And Allah knows better about your enemies and Allah (is) sufficient (as) a Protector, and sufficient (is) Allah (as) a Helper.” (Surah An-Nisa` 4:45)

Helping each other is a way to overcome the grief that we may experience, and it can empower us in our worship of Allah. We should help living things that exist on this planet. Help others without any selfishness, there should not be any personal interest and whatever you do selfishness, will come back again to you when you need help. Allah says:

وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ لَا يُنصَرُونَ

“And We made them leaders inviting to the Fire, and (on the) Day (of) the Resurrection, not they will be helped.” (Surah Al-Qasas 28:41)

Helping others is an important part of life; it gives you a sense of purpose and boosts your happiness while positively affecting the world around you. Helping others, especially those who are less fortunate than yourself, can help to put things into perspective and make you feel more positive about your own circumstances. Allah doesn’t like someone who is so greedy, that he or she is not willing to help each other. Remember, our wealth is a blessing from Allah, that we need to be grateful for.

Helping others is  a core principle of Islam, here are some ways to help others:

  1. Helping others makes helps in relieving stress and depression
  2. Helping others gives us a sense of purpose and satisfaction
  3. Helping others helps us through our last day
  4. Helping others is good for the economy
  5. Helping others can help you live longer
  6. Helping other Muslims as we’re one
  7. Helping others can cure our stress
  8. Helping others can erase our sins
  9. Help others in good deeds only
  10. Helping others feels good
  11. Helping others makes us happy
  12. Helping others in the form of charity
  13. Helping gives you a sense of purpose
  14. Helping others can help you live longer
  15. Helping will give you a sense of renewal
  16. Helping others may help with chronic pain
  17. Helping others makes me religiously satisfied
  18. Helping others to organize with transparent aims
  19. Helping others to find ways to integrate your interests
  20. Helping others causes a chain reaction of other altruistic acts

لَن تَنَالُوا الْبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُوا مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا مِن شَيْءٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ 

“You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:92)

Helping others can help us to make new friends and connect with our community.  Face-to-face activities such as volunteering at a food bank can also help reduce loneliness and isolation. Helping others allows you to connect with people and get a sense of purpose. it can promote physiological changes in the brain linked with happiness.  This heightened sense of well-being might be the byproduct of being more physically active as a result of volunteering, or because it makes us more socially active.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “And they deny [the] small kindnesses.” (Quran 107:7)
  • “And Allah may help you (with) a help mighty.” (Quran 48:3)
  • “A guidance and a mercy for those who do good.” (Quran 31:4)
  • “Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.” (Quran 37:81)
  • “The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness.” (Quran 55:61)
  • “My Lord! Help me against the people the corrupters.” (Quran 29:30)
  • “…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” ( Quran 13:28)
  • “But they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners.” (Quran 8:30)
  • “O you who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are truthful.” (At-Taubah 9:119)
  • “Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Quran 7:199)

The rewards for helping others are immense. We can easily pick thousands of verses from this holy book that address the people to do good to others. A significant portion of the Quran teaches us to help others, which is why helping others has been a critical aspect of Islam. The Quran suggests helping others quite often but that help has to be in righteous deeds. f we are helping our brother or sister, Allah will help us in return.

Here are some ways how to ask Allah’s Help:

  • Allah says He does not change men’s condition unless they change
  • Allah says you should seek all of your needs from Him
  • Allah says, remember Me, and I shall remember you
  • Allah says I give you everything that you requested
  • Allah says, seek food of Me and I shall feed you
  • Allah says, stay Connected to the Quran
  • Allah says, do not oppress one another
  • Allah says, that everything is from Him
  • Allah says, do not make mischief on the earth
  • Allah says, to seek help through Sabr and Salat 
  • Allah says, Astaghfirullah helps to refrain from sins
  • Allah says He is (always) near to those who do good
  • Allah says, seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you
  • Allah says, call on your Lord with humility and in private
  • Allah says, seek the guidance of Me and I shall guide you

وَتَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْإِثْمِ وَٱلْعُدْوَٰنِ ۚ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ۖ

“Cooperate with one another in goodness and righteousness, and do not cooperate in sin and transgression. And be mindful of Allah.” (Surah Al-Maidah 5:2)

Helping those in need and supporting those in distress is a way of thanking and praising Allah. We see our life prospering but we do not thank Allah for it. Having a positive impact on someone else could help you change your own outlook and attitude. Experts say that performing acts of kindness boosts your mood and ultimately makes you more optimistic and positive. Allah says:

إِن يَنصُرْكُمُ اللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ وَإِن يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَن ذَا الَّذِي يَنصُرُكُم مِّن بَعْدِهِ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ 

“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there after that, that can help you? In Allah then, let the Believers put their trust.” (Surah Al Imran 3:160)

Helping one another is not limited to doing a deed on another’s behalf, it also includes other deeds, including relieving someone in a distressful situation, relieving debt or interceding on their behalf. We should therefore use our physical and material means and other means such as our reputation and authority to help those in need. When we do this, we will find the most blessed of things, Allah as our helper. May Allah allow us all to be forthcoming in helping others and being leaders in kindness, compassion and empathy, Aameen.