One of the benefits of social media is that we receive a stream of messages through friends and acquaintances, often valuable and very useful. These may carry news about science and knowledge, and everything else, and if applied correctly, can be very entertaining.
I am sure readers will be intrigued by the title of this post so let me give you an idea of what this wonderful bank, which has all the meanings of human principles and tolerant teachings of our true religion, is.
A student in Switzerland lives in a room at the home of a 67-year-old woman, a retired teacher, who receives a generous pension but still goes twice a week to care for an 87-year-old man.
The young man is impressed by what this woman is doing and asks her if she was working to make money. She said that she was working to earn time, that she was saving herself time in the time saving bank or the time bank, and that through her work she was depositing time so that she could spend it when she needed it when she was older or when she had an accident and needed someone to help.
The student says that this is the first time he had ever heard of the time bank and asked her for more information. He was told the Swiss government had created the bank as social security for the people. Every person who wants to calculate the time is allowed to spend time on social work.
The only requirement is that the participant is required to be healthy and able to give and communicate with others, and should have the ability to provide services with satisfaction and sincerity, and when anyone needed help, the bank would send a volunteer from the participants in the bank to serve and deduct time from his account.
Services are provided to the needy in the hospital or at home, such as accompanying the person in need of shopping or walking, or helping the cleaning student clean his house.
One day, the woman, the owner of the house, fell while cleaning her window and broke her ankle, which forced her to stay in bed for several days.
The student wanted to take the necessary leave to help her but she told him that she did not need help because she had applied for a withdrawal from her bank account and they would send her help.
The assistant, appointed by the bank, came to take care of her, talk with her and accompany her, as well as shop for her needs from the market. The bank also sent her a nurse when she needed it, and after recovering she returned to work twice a week to make up for her lost time in her bank account.
This is how Time Bank works, and the Swiss people strongly support it because its benefits are great for Swiss society.
In short, the bank was found to exchange or swap social services instead of exchanging money. The idea is very beautiful and useful, and can be applied in any society but requires discipline, a sense of responsibility and dedication to work, with serious management and keenness on people and society.
There is no doubt that it is good to learn from others, to benefit from their experiences and not to link religion to these initiatives as long as they are aimed at serving humanity and carry a human dimension where doing good is one of the most beautiful things people do to spread love and draw smiles on the faces of those in need.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It is the same as the brother of his Muslim brother, the soul of Allaah, as a friend of the Lord on the Day of Resurrection.