Making The World A Better Place
I’ve taken nearly 3 weeks off blogging and I apologise for that—it wasn’t my intention to go on a break this long. I’ve been up and down Malaysia since Raya, so it’s been a challenge trying to get into the momentum of writing weekly. I’m currently working on a few projects, many of them are personal so I won’t be talking about them on social media.
As you know, I am a freelance writer so I write for whoever that wants me to write for them but I am picky with which project I take on because given the many things I’m juggling right now, it has to be worth my time, you know? I’ve always been torn between wanting to be an entrepreneur and making $$$ like nobody’s business but unfortunately, I’m not very creative when it comes to making money and I’m not business minded AT ALL.
As much as we need money to get things moving, Allāh’s rizq (provisions) will come in due time. In the mean time, we should always work with the resources we have because there is wisdom in every situation we are currently in. Alhamdullilah for that.
When I was working long hours in advertising, I had to ask myself some pretty big questions like: what do I want to be doing for the rest of my life? Am I happy to be spending my days away in corporate? I know it sounds cliché because eeeveryone says this, but if I could just help people for a living, I want to do just that. In a way, it is what I do: I help people through my writings and whenever I’m able to attend events to work with other women or even kids, I’ll share with them my thoughts and experiences.
I write or talk on topics such as: mental health, friendships, heartbreaks, grief and the struggles of being a Muslim in the 21st century. Just before Ramadhan, I did do a sharing session and I plan to have more of that soon, just bear with me.
It’s been an interesting ride so far and it has its (personal) rewards: I get to connect with like-minded people and use my time and energy for worthwhile causes.
I think people have the wrong idea of what doing good looks like. Many people think that to make an impact: the scale of our work has to be massive. Ideally, we want to help as many people as possible but to make an impact requires sincerity above all else. Perhaps, this is a no brainer, but I believe that anything which is deprived of barakah (blessings) is not worth it.
You want to be able to do things for the right reasons and the way we execute our plans should be done the right way, too. You don’t want to be dishonest, deceiving or affecting people in ways that we shouldn’t. Anything that lacks in blessings will always go wrong eventually.
You don’t have to have all the money in the world to be able to make a difference. Making a difference begins with your family.
I would like to believe that sharing the goodness of Islam with others is an important part of my life’s purpose, however, my family come first, and then my friends, and the community at large. When Rasullulah ﷺ started spreading the message of Islam, he began with his family members first, and then his companions, followed by the people in his community.
In fact, in Islam charity begins within one’s close family members, first. It makes no sense to enrich everyone else’s lives but neglect our own blood ties. I think this should be everyone’s approach in regards to doing any kind of good in general.
Family is important and it’s an institution that’s overlooked these days. We often complain about communities being disunited, whether on racial or religious lines, but before we look into that issue, we should really look into the state of family institutions within society. If one cannot keep their families together, how can we keep whole communities together?
What I’m trying to say is: don’t look too far or think too big when it comes to making a difference. That’s not to say you shouldn’t get outside your comfort zone but one must always start with baby steps before they take larger steps.
Lastly… give people the BEST of you.
Take care of yourself—do not neglect your mind, body and soul.
Help is not limited to monetary aid: people can be transformed by our words and sincere acts of service. You’ve no idea how much you’re helping the world by being kind to a person. You may think that making someone happy is a small deed but when you grant someone relief, you’re helping them get on with their day.
Their positive energy will rub off on whoever that they interact with—it’s like a domino effect. Everyone benefits from someone that is in a good frame of mind. There’s a reason why Allāh rewards us by the hundreds and thousands just by doing ONE good deed. Because in reality, one good deed affects not just us, but everything and everyone around us.
No matter who you are: make it a mission to be of service to others, starting with your family and close circle of friends.