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35 Acts of Kindness in 5 Minutes or Less

16 – Take out the trash for your elderly or sick neighbor.

17 – Let someone go in front of you at the checkout line when getting groceries.

18 – Give a good tip.

19 – Let another driver take that parking spot.

20 – Give up your seat for someone, especially an elderly person.

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“He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honors the elderly” (Tirmidhi).

21 – In terms of the latter part of the above-mentioned Hadith, stop yourself from scolding a kid who’s done something naughty but harmless.

22 – Write and mail off a handwritten thank you card.

23 – Smile and say, “Have a nice day,” to a person.

24 – Hold the door for someone.

25 – Defuse tension by cracking a joke.

26 – Smile. It’s Sunnah and good for your health.

27 – Plant something edible.

“If any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird, or an animal eats, it counts as a charity for him” (Bukhari, Muslim).

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28 – Say “salam” to someone you’ve seen around but don’t really know.

“You should provide food, and greet both those you know, and those you do not” (Bukhari, Muslim).

29 – When you get home, say Salam to your family. When you enter your home, greet your family with the salutation “Assalamu alaikum.” This will be a source of blessings for you and your family (Tirmidhi).

30 – Forgive someone.

31 – Make an online donation to a cause or charity dear to a family member or friend.

32 – Bite your tongue and stop yourself from saying something unkind.

33 – Give someone wise and gentle advice. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Religion is advice.”

34 – Complete a short task one of your parents or your spouse asked you to do, whether it’s taking out the trash, emailing a relative, or doing some research about a product or medicine they need.

Hold a crying baby so its parent can get five minutes to relieve their stress a bit.


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