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What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah also describes a voluntary charitable act towards another being, whether through generosity, love, compassion or faith. These acts are not necessarily physical or monetary. Simple good deeds such as a smile, or a helping hand, are seen as acts of Sadaqah.

Even a smile is Charity

Sadaqah (charity) is the concept of giving charity voluntarily fi sabillilah  فِي سَبِيلِ ٱللَّٰهِ(for the cause of Allah).

Zakat and Sadaqah

While Zakat is an obligatory charity due from every Muslim on a yearly basis, Sadaqah is an entirely voluntary charity which can be performed at any time of year, and any amount can be given.

Unlike Zakat, which has a number of stipulations regarding the type of assistance it can provide, Sadaqah can be used for any project or programme which is of benefit to people.

A number of sayings of the Prophet (SAW) emphasise the benefits of giving Sadaqah.

 

“Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” [Tirmidhi]

 

An important concept within Islam is the idea of Sadaqah Jariyah – an ‘ongoing charity’.

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” [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.

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Any charity which continues to have positive effects on a community in the long-term, beyond immediate relief, can be considered a Sadaqah Jariyah: building homes, schools and hospitals; installing durable water systems; turning an area of land into a farm which continues to give crops for years to come; helping a poor family start a business which continues generating profit for future generations…

What is the difference between Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah?

Essentially, Sadaqah Jariyah is what today’s international development sector calls ‘sustainable development’, promoted by Islam over 1400 years ago, and encompasses the majority of the sustainable development programmes carried out by both Islamic and other NGOs today.

FAQs

Who is Sadaqah given to?

Sadaqah can be used for any project or programme which is of benefit to people.

Can I give Sadaqah to a mosque?

Yes, Sadaqah can be given to a mosque or any charity.

How many types of Sadaqah are there?

There are an uncountable number Sadaqah acts you can do. Sadaqah can take part in every day of our lives in many examples. The most common types of charity are, to give money to the less fortunate, and to help the less able both physically and mentally.

What is the difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?

While Zakat is an obligatory charity due from every Muslim on a yearly basis, Sadaqah is an entirely voluntary charity which can be performed at any time of year, and any amount can be given.

Can I give Sadaqah when something bad has happened?

Yes, and it is considered as a proof of one’s eeman (faith).

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