Q. What is Sadaqah?
A. Sadaqah is the act of charity given purely out of compassion, love, friendship, religious duty or generosity. It’s the smile you give to your neighbour, the potential harm you remove from someone’s pathway, the food you feed to the needy or the well you dig to quench someone’s thirst.
Q. What is the difference between Zakat and Sadaqah?
• Given in any amount
• Given at any time
• Given to anyone in need of help
• Can be given on behalf of another person
• 2.5 % of annual savings
• Given annually
• Given to a specific group of people i.e. the poor, the wayfarers, recent reverts to Islam
• Cannot be given on behalf on anybody
Q. What types of Sadaqah are there?
A. • Sadaqah lillah: Charity for the sake of Allah
• Sadaqah Jariyah: Continuous charity
•Waqf: Assets that are donated, bequeathed, or purchased for the purpose of being held in perpetual trust as ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah) or for a general or specific cause that Islam regards as socially beneficial
Q. What are the benefits of Sadaqah?
A. There are many benefits in giving Sadaqah. It is ultimately an investment for the hereafter. With Sadaqah comes an immense reward as well as forgiveness for our sins, as the Prophet (saw) said, ‘Charity extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire’. (Tirmidhi)
Those who give Sadaqah are promised by Allah (swt) that they have not lost anything; rather, the more you give for the sake of Allah (swt), the more Allah will give to you. He (swt) has promised that he will multiply the reward of giving charity by at least 700 times:
’The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing’. (Qur’an, 2:261)
Don’t miss out on these amazing blessings; take advantage of this divine promise!