30 Days of Goodness
Ramadan is the month where Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset (around 16-17 hours this year!) and aim to spend as much time as they can in spiritual reflection, self-improvement and heightened devotion and worship.
Over the course of Ramadan, students were challenged to complete 30 Deeds of Goodness across 30 days. Good deeds ranged from noticing how we speak to others to letting others go ahead of you in the lunch line, from donating to a cause important to you to remembering our manners and smiling at others.
At the end of the month, students reflected on the deeds they performed by thinking about how these acts of goodness impacted not only themselves, but the people around them:
In Ramadan I tried my best to do all of the thirty good deeds so that I would feel good myself and so that my deeds would benefit other people as well. I managed to complete quite a lot of these deeds. Some of them were: helping out at home, smiling and saying hello, spending time with my family, donating to charity and holding the door for others as much as you can. These things not only benefited me but also the people around me. The best feeling is when you can make someone laugh or smile. Something as little as saying hello to someone can make their day and make them feel appreciated. After doing all of these things, I felt amazing. I started to notice the little blessings around me that I had never recognised before. I started to appreciate them more and I realized how fortunate I am to have these things because some unfortunate people don’t.
Faiza Kouser, Wimbledon
During this Ramadan, I have learnt to have patience in everything. I can now control my anger better and it is best to remain silent when angry instead of taking it out on someone. I have learnt to appreciate every single thing we have because one day it could be taken away from you. I also gave some small things to helpless needy people around me. For instance I was walking home from school and I saw a woman on the streets so I gave her all of my left over change to help her because she needed it more than me. I tried to please everyone by doing really good work for my teachers, did everything that my parents and family told me to do, and I stopped using technology mostly because that was a distraction. I don't think that I could ever fully stop using technology though. Overall I think I was really good during Ramadan and Allah blessed me by giving me a happy Eid with family and presents.
Nishat Tasnim, Wembley
The hardest part for me was waking up in the morning but I still did as Ramadan is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. I did good deeds such as giving food to my neighbours. I smiled at the people and gave them greetings. I went to the graveyard to pray. Additionally, I used to cook new things with my mom, like one day we did shepherd pie, and the other day we did a dessert - chocolate dessert - Delicious! I really enjoyed spending time with my family. All these little blessings and actions have an impact on your attitude.. Then at Eid, it was the same thing, but with more eating involved. I am thankful to God that I made it through this Ramadan and I hope I will make it to the next.
Rehan Ahmed. Lords
It is important to do good deeds because it helps others around you and improves day to day life most of the time. For example, helping your parents with meals not only saves them time and effort, but also makes you feel proud and in a better mood. Another example is when holding open a door for someone, you can boost their mood only with a simple gesture of kindness.
Lily Roy, Wimbledon
Ramadan isn't just about fasting. It is about getting along with everyone and just being grateful and understanding that we are so blessed to be able to eat and drink, spend time around our loved ones and have a shelter to sleep in.
Yahya Hussain, Wembley
It was remarkable seeing and hearing about the efforts students put into performing good deeds both in school and at home. We hope everyone celebrating had a lovely Eid and let’s try and carry these deeds forward post-Ramadan!