Sadaqah, meaning ‘charity’, comes from the word ‘sidq’ or ‘sincerity’. It is a voluntary act of charity that is signifies a pure, sincere investment in the Hereafter.
Unlike Zakat, Sadaqah is not obligatory on a Muslim and has no limits or guidelines. It is an act of Faith in our Creator. There is no limitation on the amount you can give and even the smallest amount can count as Sadaqah. In Islam (comma) even a smile is considered Sadaqah. It essentially encompasses any act of charity born out of love, generosity or compassion.
“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an 2:274)
There are many spiritual and social benefits of giving Sadaqah. From enhancing one’s wealth and place in the society to purifying one’s sins, the rewards of giving Sadaqah are plenty both for the giver and receiver.
In these uncertain times, when the elderly are the most endangered, your Sadaqah is more needed than ever.