What’s in it for you?
What if I told you that by giving just a little, you end up getting more?
What if I said, there is an easy way to help improve your blood pressure levels and general well being?
You don’t have to take medication, do any exercise or follow a particular diet!
How can you achieve all of the above without much effort on your part? By helping others!
Giving Sadaqa, donation or giving your time to help others (including animals) will give you unimaginable rewards both in this life and the hereafter.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in the US, say that your local soup kitchen may hold the key to help keep your high blood pressure at bay… and it’s not the soup.
After analysing data on nearly 7,000 volunteers, researchers found that simply volunteering 200 hours a year can slash your risk of developing hypertension by an unbelievable 40 per cent.
The study, published in Psychology and Ageing, found that people were able to stop high blood pressure in its tracks regardless of age, race, gender, or any other factor.
Volunteering a few hours at a local charity benefited everyone’s blood pressure — and it improved their psychological well-being, too.
There is spiritual benefit too. The Prophet (s.a.w) said …...charity extinguishes (removes) sins just as water extinguishes fire;….cont [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Book of Faith, Number 2616, Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5136]
Supporting a charity is an excellent way to work off stress, it releases beneficial hormones, and it makes you feel great about yourself.
Sadaqah is not obligatory on any kind of wealth, it is what a person can give. i.e you don’t have to be a millionaire to give. You can give as little or as much as you can afford.
Remember next time you help a charity, give a donation etc, you will be improving your physical and mental health, and you might even add years to your life!