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Sadaqah in the Quran
“Those who spend their wealth in charity day and night, secretly and openly—their reward is with their Lord, and there will be no fear for them, nor will they grieve.” (Qur’an 2: 274)
What Is Sadaqah?
Sadaqah is a voluntary form of charity that we, as Muslims, give unconditionally to help those who need it most and relinquish our sins. Sadaqah charity is given for the love of Allah (SWT) and out of the goodness of our hearts. “By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give freely of that which you love, and whatever you give, Allah knows it well.” [Qur’an 3:92] This verse highlights a very essential principle for Muslims. We cannot attain true and genuine righteousness until we prefer others over ourselves. And the most powerful method of preferring others is by parting from our wealth for the sake of others.
Prophet Muhammed (saw) was known to be ‘more generous than the blowing wind’. [Bukhari]. He (saw) would give all that he had to the poor and even let himself go hungry to feed someone in need. Sadaqah has an unusual power that affects the quality of life directly. Whenever we are in difficult situations in life, it is recommended by the Holy Prophet (SAW) to give Sadaqah. It is proven that Sadaqah removes difficulties. Any calamity bothering us can be wiped off by giving charity. The Quran and Sunnah repeatedly emphasise the importance of giving sadaqah regularly and Allah has promised many benefits to the person who does.
Sadaqah & Sadaqah Jariyah
Sadaqah is the act of giving short-term charity, such as donating a food pack for a needy family which will see them through in the short term. Sadaqah Jariyah is the act of giving long-term charity, such as donating a water well to a community that lacks access to clean water which will support them for months and years to come. Sadaqah Jariyah is an ongoing form of charity that has long-lasting effects that benefit people on multiple occasions. It is one of the most rewarding acts we can do in our lives as the benefits of giving this type of charity can be reaped in this lifetime and long after we have passed. The Prophet pbuh said: When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them – Sahih Muslim. Therefore, many Muslims are eager to give charity which will continue to have benefit to people after their death, and continue to earn them reward.
The Power of Sadaqah
The benefits of Sadaqah in Islam are boundless. As a mercy to humanity, Allah (SWT) has given us bountiful opportunities to gain reward for every good act that is made in order to benefit the world and all in it, for His (SWT) sake. “Verily those who give Sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goody loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honorable good reward.” (Quran – 57:18)
1. Sadaqah will fulfil your needs
Whoever fulfills the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever removes the troubles of his brother, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection (Bukhari)
2. Eases hardships & removes calamities
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said‘ Give the sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.’ (Tirmidhi)
3. Sadaqah removes sins
Giving Sadaqah with sincere intention removes your sins & protects you from the Fire.The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Charity extinguishes the sins like water extinguishes a fire’. [Ibn Majah]
4. Shade on the Day of Judgement
One who gives hidden charity will be sheltered under Allah’s shade on the Day of Judgement. Prophet pbuh said, ‘The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.’ [Tirmidhi]
5. Sadaqah purifies the Nafs
‘By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you love. And whatever you spend; indeed, Allah is Knowing of it’. [3:92]
6. The Angels pray for you
“Everyday two angels descend down from Heaven. One says: O’Allah, repay him for everything he spends. The other says: O’Allah, destroy every miser” (Bukari)
We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help make it easier for you to understand the concept of Sadaqah. If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
When should you give Sadaqah?
You can give Sadaqah in any amount at any time of the year, it is a voluntary act of charity and worship.
Who is Sadaqah given to?
Sadaqah can be used for any project or programme which is of benefit to people.
What is the difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?
Sadaqah is an entirely voluntary charity, where any amount can be given at any time of year. However, Zakat is an obligatory charity due from every Muslim whose total possessions (cash, gold, silver, shares) meet or exceed the nisab threshold on a yearly basis.
What is the best way to give Sadaqah?
There are lots of recommended ways to give Sadaqah – this Hadith is very helpful as a guide to giving Sadaqah:
“The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small (in amount).” (Bukhari)
How many types of Sadaqah are there?
There are countless types of Sadaqah you can offer, that can be both monetary as well as more abstract. For example, the time that you donate can be Sadaqah, as well as a smile or even relieving someone of their hardship. The most common types of charity are, to give money to the less fortunate, and to help the less able both physically and mentally.
“The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small.” (Bukhari)
Can I give Sadaqah to a mosque?
Sadaqah can be given to a mosque or any charity.
Does Sadaqah increase wealth?
In a famous Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, (peace be upon him), said, “Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives another but that Allah increases his honour, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah but that Allah raises his status.” (Muslim)
Many scholars interpret this to describe the way Allah (SWT) restores wealth and even increases it in some way when one gives from what he loves for His (SWT)’s sake.
Can I give Sadaqah when something bad has happened?
When something bad happens you can give Sadaqah. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi)
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