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Sadaqah, meaning ‘charity, comes from the word sidq or sincerity.  It is a voluntary act of charity that is a pure, sincere investment in the Hereafter.

Unlike Zakat, Sadaqah is not obligatory on a Muslim and has no limits or guidelines.  There is no limitation on the amount that you can give and even the smallest amount can count as Sadaqah.  In Islam even a smile is considered Sadaqah.  It essentially encompasses any act of charitable giving done which is done 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 spiritual and social benefits of giving Sadaqah.  From enhancing the welfare of people in society to purifying sins the rewards for both the receiver and giver are plenty.

How much Sadaqah should I give?

Unlike Zakat there are is no fixed amount for Sadaqah and the decision to give is left to you.

Through Hadiths and stories of the companions of the Prophet (Saw) we see how some gave away everything they owned, portions of their wealth or only a date.

What are the types of Sadaqah?

There are three broad types of Sadaqah.

  1. Sadaqah: charity for sake of Allah (Saw) for any good cause.
  2. Sadaqah Jariyah: ongoing charity which will continue to benefit the receiver.
  3. Waqf: donated, purchased or bequeathed assets to be held in a charity as an ongoing charity.

What are the conditions of Sadaqah?

Sadaqah must be given from halal sources and should only be given purely for sake of Allah (swt).  It should not be given for the praise or recognition from others.

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