One for the Volunteers (Hadith No. 2531)
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 136 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was vigilant one night and when he reached Medina, he said, “Would that a pious man from my companions guard me tonight!” Suddenly we heard the clatter of arms. He said, “Who is that? ” He (the new comer) replied, ” I am Sad bin Abi Waqqas and have come to guard you.” So, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) slept (that night).
Volunteering: an altruistic activity intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. [Wikipedia]
Why volunteer? According to a very good HelpGuide article, volunteering has the following benefits:
- connects you to others
- good for your mind and body
- can advance your career
- brings fun and fulfillment to your life
While I agree with all of the above, I believe them to be secondary benefits of volunteering, primary being:
- pleasure of Allah
- reward in Hereafter
Because volunteering is a “good deed”, if done sincerely for Allah’s sake and not to show off or achieve any of the “secondary benefits”, Allah rewards us for it.
هَلْ جَزَاءُ الْإِحْسَانِ إِلَّا الْإِحْسَانُ
“Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” [55:60]
To be honest, keeping that sincerity in check is one tough job when others praise you for your hard work, or when things get rough with the very people you work with. Allah tests us in different situations to measure the level of our “Ihsan” so He can reward us for it accordingly.
If you’re a volunteer, keep at it; and if you’re not, start today! There’s always someone you can help for free (read: reward). :)