Your Ramadan experience is very much shaped by your intention. If you would like to live this Ramadan experiencing giving from the heart and enjoying receiving while giving, seeing it as a game, and feeling the joy of it, this post is for you. I have prepared for you, creative ideas for good deeds for Ramadan.
Before starting with the ideas, there are some important reminders.
Reminders for good deeds for Ramadan
- Do you want to show your appreciation for someone? Try slowing down. Pay attention to the little things. They are the big things.
- Don’t keep score. You’re doing the good deeds because you want to make a difference and you also know it will help you feel better. Keeping a score takes away some of your joy.
- Converting some of these deeds to rituals/daily routines can make them a family tradition. Repeating them after iftar every day could be a nice way of converting them to your lifestyle and family values. For example, asking every day the question of what you are grateful for today? Which good deeds have you witnesses today?
Creative “good deeds for Ramadan” ideas
Good deeds for Ramadan to foster a relationship with your family and friends
#1. Tell those people that you love them. Call a family member to tell them you love them. Write a thank you letter to your parents. Reach out to someone who has had an impact on your life and let them know about it. Send a letter just to “let you know how much I care about you.”
#2. Do something special that you know those people in your daily life would appreciate. Could be such as buying the chocolate from their childhood memories or preparing their favorite music to listen to. Make sahur for your partner or housemate.
#3. Write a love note and hide it in a magazine your partner is reading or somewhere else he/she will find it.
#4. Hug a loved one for no reason.
#5. Call that friend you’ve been meaning to hang out with for months but never found the time for.
#6. Create an I Love You Because of present for a friend or family member. Write to 50-100 little papers whose things that you love about that person and give to him/her as a present, so that each time he/she feels lonely or just that she would like to remember, she can pick one.
#7. Create a happy book or video by gathering all your good memories with a friend or family member and gift them.
#8. Let them know what you think about them. Cut out an article and send it to someone. “I thought about you when I saw this…” or “this reminds me of…”
Appreciate your loved ones
#9. For one day focus your attention on the appreciation. See and be aware of those around you and appreciate them and let them know.
#10. Think of the amazing people in your life. Take an hour to write those people a letter telling them why they’re awesome.
#11. Create an appreciation letter experience. Hang a paper for each person in the family and encourage others to write down all those things that you appreciate about each person for the week. Encourage people to write whenever they feel the appreciation without delaying it. Also let them know that if they do not want to see their letter empty at the end of the week, everybody needs to show up and write down those appreciations about each other. It is better to look at what others have written to you at the end of the week.
Listen from heart, with all your presence
#12. Ask someone “How are you?” and listen. Do not recommend anything, just listen. What we need is feeling understood, not receiving recommendations. So do not provide your point of view if they do not ask for it. If you feel like you would like to say something then you can say, is there anything I can do for you?
#13. Follow up. With those people that you know have had hard times such as disease, divorce, death, etc. follow up with them. Ask how they are doing. Grief is a process, not just a one-day situation, so check-in with those people you think could need some extra attention.
Good deeds for Ramadan to create a relationship
#14. Bake some goods for your neighbors. You can even convert this activity into a Ramadan ritual. Every week for one day, you can decide to make it a Special Treat Day — every X day you and your kids could “cook” something you can give to someone else.
#15. Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
#16. Invite someone to Iftar for a home-cooked meal and sharing the blessings of Ramadan.
#17. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
# 18. Buy a flower or a pet and create a relationship with it. Take care.
#19. Be aware of those around you and do a small act of kindness when you feel like that person needs a little uplift. Could be a little gift.
#20 Run an errand for someone. Offer to help a friend move/unpack. “Want me to pick something up for you?” If you know someone is overwhelmed, give them a call when you’re going out to the store. Walk a friend’s dog. Ask if they’d like you to pick something up. You could say, “I’d like to do something for you. Can I drop off groceries, babysit your older child or cook dinner this week?” If they say, “no thanks,” you can ask if there’s something else they’d appreciate.
Gift giving to your friends and family
#21. Buy an inspiring book for a friend.
#22. Make little Ramadan gift baskets for the kids in your neighborhood.
#23. Send your sibling a small gift anonymously.
#24. Leave chocolate for your colleague.
#25. Create a memory book for a person who passed away. Get friends and family members to provide stories, anecdotes, and photos and prepare a memory book for your friend. If you can’t make an entire book, just sharing your fond memories would be ok as well.
#26. Paint motivational words on the stones and give them away. You can paint the stones with words such as I Believe You Can, You Are Enough, or even just a heart and give them away when you feel that somebody would need it.
#27. Buy a small gift for someone. Just because.
#28. Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch.
#29. Do more of what makes your soul happy for others. If you love to sing then prepare a song and sing that song for your family after dinner, or tell a story, read a poem, take a photo and then print it and give it as a present. Gift your gifts. There is a great game called “being a secret angel”, you can read about it here for more inspiration (link to blog post)
Good deeds for Ramadan to gift-giving to strangers
#30. Leave your favorite book in a public place with a note.
#31. Leave some extra money in a vending machine or pay it forward by paying for the coffee, the food, or the bus fare for the person behind you in line.
#32. Pay for a stranger’s meal at a restaurant.
#33. Buy flowers for the cashier at the grocery store or the nurses at the hospital. Send anonymous flowers to a colleague.
#34. Let someone jump ahead of you in line.
#35. Cook an extra portion of dinner (or dessert) every day for someone who needs it.
#35. Don’t ignore the next homeless person you see. Buy him food. Enjoy his smile when you give it to him.
#36. Leave a big tip.
If you’re a business, leverage what you do every day to do good. Give free laundry or hairdresser service to those who have a job interview and do not have money to afford it.
Good Deeds for Ramadan to say thank you
#37. Compliment a stranger. Find opportunities to give compliments. Don’t just think it. Say it. Could be anything. Whenever you feel something good for another person, do not keep it for yourself. Say it loud.
#38. Create some “I thank you” cards, print them, and give them to those people you want to thank, by writing behind why you are appreciating them. This could be to people you already know and to those people you spontaneously meet.
#39. Keep an eye out for the positive and share that positive attitude you see in a person not just with the person but with those who know him/her. If you are a teacher and realized a gift about a student, call and let his/her parents know about it. When you are in a company and appreciate a colleague, not just let the colleague know about it and other people.
#40. Write a positive online review of a business you like. When you are wandering around on social media and seeing those that you appreciate, send them a message letting them know about it.
Good deeds for Ramadan for positivity
#41. Post positive notes and help others find the positive. Leave a funny or kind note in an unexpected place. For example, in the toilet of your school or workplace, you can write “Kindness if free. Sprinkle it everywhere.” or “Time is now” or “Take it easy” or “Slow down”
Good deeds for Ramadan to charity
#42. Collect children’s old clothes from colleagues at work and donate them to charity.
#43. Volunteer. Call a non-profit organization that you care for and ask if there is any volunteering opportunity for you.
Good deeds for Ramadan for gratitude
#44. Practice gratitude. Everyday list down 3 things that you are grateful for.
#45. Create a gratitude jar. Every day, write down all those things that you are grateful for and put them inside a jar. At the end of Ramadan, get it out and read it with your family to witness how blessing Ramadan has been.
Good deeds for Ramadan to give your best self
#46. If you’re upset, take a deep breath and count to 10 before you say anything. Ask yourself if what you’re going to say will be helpful. Remind yourself that a positive mindset is a choice you can make.
#47. Use kind words and a kind tone. When you are frustrated, pause before speaking. You can even go to another room and sit in silence and wait until your words and tone will be kind again.
#48. Talk your truth. Do also fasting for your words. Check-in before speaking if those things you would say are your truth or you are saying them to feel loved, valued, and appreciated. If they are not your truth at that exact moment, choose not to tell them.
#49. Instead of complaining about something, just let it go.
#50. Do not gossip. Do not gossip and when people are gossiping about someone, be the person to chime in with something nice.
Make this Ramadan a joyful journey for you in which you give from the heart just for the goodwill of God. Enjoy giving, be creative about it.
The more you will give, the more we begin to receive. Even then we lost the track of who is giving and who is receiving anyway.
Below is a Pinterest friendly photo…. so you can pin it to your Ramadan Board!