Q. What is Sadaqah?
A. It is the act of charity given purely out of compassion, love, friendship, religious duty, or generosity. Sadaqah does not have to be financial it can be smiling at your neighbour, removing potential harm from someone’s pathway, feeding the needy or digging a well to quench the thirsty.
Q. What is the difference between Zakat and Sadaqah?
• Any amount
• Given at any time
• Given to anyone in need
• Can be given on behalf of another person.
• 2.5 % of annual savings
• Given annually
• Only given to a specific group such as the poor, wayfarers, recent reverts to Islam, etc
• Cannot be given on behalf of another.
Q. What types of Sadaqah are there?
A. • Sadaqah lillah: Charity for the sake of Allah
• Sadaqah Jariyah: Continuous charity
•Waqf: These are assets that are donated, bequeathed, or purchased for the sole purpose of being held in a 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. Sadaqah is ultimately an investment for the hereafter but there are many other benefits too. The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Charity extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire’. (Tirmidhi).
Allah (swt) promises that those who give Sadaqah will not lose anything. Instead, the more you give for the sake of Allah (swt), the more Allah (swt) 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 and take advantage of this divine promise today.