1. VolunteerVolunteering is one of the most well-known ways of giving back to the ummah and no matter where you travel to, the opportunities for volunteering are endless! Teach the locals English or build a house for vulnerable communities from scratch. You'd not only have the chance to make a difference in the lives of others but also get to know the locals better and experience their way of life first-hand. Talk about an immersive experience! [caption id="attachment_26256" align="alignnone" width="900"]Teaching the students English in Kunming, China[/caption] Instead of writing your name on a love lock in Paris😜, youcan leave your mark permanently in the lives and hearts of others. What a beautiful experience that will be😊 Credit: @nus_singapore on Instagram
2. Share your experiences onlineImam Al-Ghazali mentioned that spreading knowledge (ilmu) is a form of ibadah. And we're not just talking about knowledge of books! When you visit an attraction, prayer space, mosque, or an eatery, you have gained knowledge of that place and it only takes a few seconds for you to share that with the rest of the Muslim community on the HHWT app! It has everything you need to plan your trip - halal eateries, must-see attractions, prayer spaces and more. There's only so much the HHWT team can share but we can achieve so much more with your help! Tried the most delicious halal ramen in Tokyo that you have to recommend it to anyone visiting Japan? Found a prayer space near a popular attraction? Share it! Rate the places, add the photos you've taken and share your experiences - all in one place. It's that easy😃 If every single one of us shares what we've experienced, imagine how big an impact this will be on helping the ummah!
3. Be an ambassador of IslamTired of hearing the way the media portrays Islam,or how tarnished our beautiful religion is now? Well, travelling gives you the power to change that not just for the benefit of yourself, but for the entire ummah. While travelling, you're bound to meet many new people and majority of them will probably be non-Muslims. Take this opportunity to show them who Muslims really are and what Islam really is. You don't even have to try hard. Just be yourself☺️ Believe it or not, people hold on to their personal interactions and what they have experienced first-hand matters way more than what they hear from others. So don't underestimate the power of yourself as a traveller!
4. Da’wah (spreading the teachings of Islam)
Many have the perception that da'wah is a heavy term but really, it's not! By simply sharing about Islam, you're already inviting others to our religion. Start by talking to your seat partner during your long haul flight or that dreaded long bus ride (but of course, do let them sleep too😜). All you have to do is put down your phone and look up! My personal advice, however, isnot to force the topic of religion because somehow or another, the topic will inevitably come up. People ask questions when they are curious and this gives you the perfect opportunity to share. Don't underestimate the power of conversations! It's the open conversations you have with others that build friendships and at the same time, clears up misconceptions.
"And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah, and does righteous deeds and says 'I am one of the Muslims'" [Al-Quran: 41:33]
5. Make dua for the ummahThere's so many issues plaguing the Muslim community - from the refugee crises to the constant attacks on Muslims around the world - that sometimes, we're left feeling helpless. But don't let this undermine your faith in Him. Every dua you make is powerful and even more so, while you're travelling!
Credit: @hellolia on Instagram So use your travels as a time to get closer to Him and remember the ummah in your dua, because while you might have the opportunity to travel, there are many others who don't!
Rasulullah s.a.w. said "Three supplications will not be rejected by Allah swt - the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveller" [Al-Bayhaqi, At-Tarmidzi - Sahih]
6. Sadaqah (Donate)
"No one has ever become poor by giving" - Anne Frank
Give. Even if it's just a few cents, always give! Though it might seem little to you, it might mean an entire meal for someone who has not eaten for days. And giving is not only limited to money! You can even share something as simple as sweets. Seeing how someone else's face lights up when you give is a feeling you'd never want to trade, even for the world☺️But if you're runningtight on budget, you can still sadaqah by smiling😉 It's a sunnah so it'll benefit not just yourself but also those around you. The next time you walk next to a homeless person or someone asking for donation, even if you don't have the means to donate, just look at that person and give him a warm smile. They are often treated as invisible so trust me when I say that your small gesture will mean the world to them😊