Rise by lifting others: Power of Giving

The Holy Quran has got around 200 verses on ‘compassionate’ living. In one such verse, Allah says: “Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness. And do not assist each other in acts of sinfulness and transgression. And be aware of Allah. Verily, Allah is severe in punishment” (Quran 5:2).

Happiness begins from the moment you do something for others. Giving one’s time, money, or energy to help others doesn’t just make the world better place to live, it also makes us better. Studies indicate that the very act of giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health, and sense of well-being and those who consistently help others, are happy, and do not come across any obstacles in their lives, they are less stressed and experience improved mental health.

The purpose of life is to serve others, as the renowned Urdu Poet Mir Dard’s poetry illustrates:

دردِ دل کے واسطے پیدا کیا انسان کو

ورنہ طاعت کے لیے کچھ کم نہ تھے کرّ و بیاں

Translation: “Mankind was created to console each other. Else, angles were more than enough for God’s worship”.

However, when doing so, one should not expect something in return; our intention should be to lessen other people’s misery. Let’s think for a while. Do any trees eat their own fruit? No. This teaches us that human beings should not only use their body, mind and belongings for themselves, but also to serve others. When you do this, nature, in turn, rewards you.

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