In conjunction with World Humanitarian Day on 19th August, students were asked to carry out an act of humanity to a stranger. This project was made voluntary for compassion cannot be forced, instead, it is nurtured.
Here is the story of one student who wanted be of help to those in need:
Last Saturday, while running an errand for my family at the night market, I saw some beggars. One of them had little kids. They were not in the perfect of physical shape. Some of them without hands, some blind.
Suddenly something sparked in me and a voice in me which I believe is my conscience, told me to help them. I looked inside my pocket to get the balance I had on me. I gave them some.
What I actually felt at that time was ‘Ah I already have enough food and I have more than enough money. Why don’t I give it to them? Maybe they have certain illnesses that prevent them from working like normal people. With my help, I hope that they can still live to see the beautiful world that God has created.‘
I’m not a rich person who can donate a big sum of money. I cannot buy them houses or cars either. But I can give what I can afford to give. At that time what I truly felt was that even if what I give is only a little, it can still be of some help.
From when I was a little girl, I was taught to always be grateful for everything that happens in my life, even the bad things. I find new inspiration every time I see these people. There is one Hadith that my mother always reminds me of:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُصِبْ مِنْهُ
If Allah intends good for someone, then he afflicts him with trials.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5321, Grade: Sahih
To all people who are currently facing any kind of hardship at the moment, please remember that Hadith. Allah SWT is always with you.
Ummi Sofea binti Syamsul Anuar, Year 9 student of Abedeen Academy