6. Anonymous Acts of Kindness
“If you disclose (acts of) charity, it is well, but if you hide them and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: It will remove from you some of your evil deed…” (2:271)
As mentioned earlier in the post on the Good Deed Jar, it is better if we hide it when we do good to others – and it even takes away some of our sad points, as well as all the other benefits of doing good.
Anonymous acts of kindness are a great way of doing this – leaving a post-it with a message of wishing them a good day on someone’s parked car window, paying towards the next person’s order when queuing for a coffee or simply smiling at anyone you pass on the road are all examples of how we can do good to people we don’t know and who don’t know us!
There is a great anecdote about Gandhi: While boarding a moving train one day, one of Gandhi’s shoes slipped off and fell upon the track. As he was unable to retrieve it, Gandhi – to the astonishment of his fellow travelers – calmly removed his other shoe and threw it down the track to where the first had landed. “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track,” Gandhi explained, “will now have a pair he can use.”
Some time ago, my kids and I found these smile balls in a pound shop (think they came in a pack of 6) and we bought a few. We then bought some chocolate and had a lot of fun leaving a chocolate and a smile ball with shopkeepers to give to the next customer, handing them out to random strangers and generally just enjoying thinking up ideas of what to do with them!
There are a lot of inspiring websites out there filled with the different anonymous acts of kindness that people have done. I will hopefully share these on the next post Inshallah 🙂