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Sadaqah

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.

How much Sadaqah should I give?

Unlike Zakat, there is no fixed amount for Sadaqah and the decision to give is solely yours.

Through Hadiths and stories narrated by the companions of the Prophet (SAW), we learn that some gave away everything they owned, while others only offered portions of their wealth or, in some cases, something as small as a date.

What are the types of Sadaqah?

There are three broad types of Sadaqah:

  1. Sadaqah: charity for the sake of Allah (SWT) for any good cause.
  2. Sadaqah Jariyah: ongoing charity, which continues to reward the receiver for as long as people benefit from their act of kindness.
  3. Waqf: donated, purchased or bequeathed assets to be held in a charity as an ongoing charity.

What are the conditions for Sadaqah?

Sadaqah must be given from halal sources and should only be offered purely in the name of Allah (SWT),  and not for praise or recognition from others.

Find out more about our projects and how your Sadaqah could make a difference to the lives of the elderly in Pakistan.