About Sadaqah

For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward. -The Holy Qur’an 57:18

Sadaqah, meaning ‘charity’, is the concept of voluntary giving in Islam, fi sabillilah (for the cause of Allah). The term stems from the Arabic root word ‘sidq’, which means sincerity. So giving Sadaqah is considered a sign of sincere faith. Giving Sadaqah in the month of Ramadan, in which the rewards for our good deeds are multiplied exponentially, allows us to reap the blessings of our charity ten-fold or more…

Muslims are encouraged to give Sadaqah when facing sickness because of the Hadith on Sadaqah, where the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is known to have said, Treat your sick ones with charity. For this reason, it is believed that giving Sadaqah brings Barakah to one’s health, wealth and even prolongs life.

Good works protect from evil fates; charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord; maintaining family ties increases life span; and every good deed is charity.  (Al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ)

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Sadaqah and Zakat

Both Sadaqah and Zakat are forms of charity in Islam, but they are not interchangeable. Sadaqah is different from Zakat in that Zakat is obligatory charity given from one’s surplus wealth, and is considered worship. In this sense, it benefits the one who gives Zakat more than the one who receives it.

Allah (swt) said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’ (Bukhari)

Sadaqah on the other hand is voluntary charity. Described in the Holy Qur’an as ‘a beautiful loan’, Sadaqah encompasses any act of charitable giving done out of compassion, love, friendship or generosity. One can give Sadaqah to anyone, and it has no limits or guidelines. There are many Hadith on Sadaqah and in the Islamic faith, even a smile is considered Sadaqah.

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When to Give Sadaqah

One can give Sadaqah at anytime, and there are no set days or restrictions on this. Muslims often give Sadaqah to mark or bring blessings to special occasions such as weddings, births, and personal success. In such instances it is given as a sign of gratitude to Allah (swt). One can also give Sadaqah in times of sadness, sickness and bereavement, or on behalf of others (living or deceased). The month of Ramadan is one of the best times to give Sadaqah. Hunger allows us to understand better the plight of the hungry, and makes us more sincere in our giving. Also, Allah (swt) multiplies the reward of our good deeds in this blessed month. Just remember while you give generously, that giving Sadaqah does not decrease the wealth…

Charity does not, in any way, decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation [of the people]. (Muslim)

It is said that the best charity is that which is given in secret. You can give Sadaqah online through IKCA easily and discretely, at any time.

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Sadaqah Jariyah

There is another kind of Sadaqah which allows ongoing benefits to the recipients and ongoing rewards to the giver, even after death. This is called Sadaqah Jariyah.

When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three: recurring charity [Sadaqah Jariyah], or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him [for the deceased]. (Muslim)

While Sadaqah affords you one-off blessings for your charity, Sadaqah Jariyah allows you to reap blessings for as long as your charity continues to benefit others. So an example of Sadaqah might be a donation we give to feed a cancer patient whereas Sadaqah Jariyah is when we give towards building or furnishing a hospital with medical equipment which will continue to provide many sick people with healing for many years.

At IKCA we spend Sadaqah Jariyah on hospital construction costs and essential medical equipment. Sadaqah Jariyah help us diagnose, treat and support scores of cancer patients. For 25 years, we’ve been investing Sadaqah Jariyah into healthcare projects with ongoing benefits to our patients and ongoing rewards for our donors.

Find out more about Sadaqah Jariyah and how your charity can continue to save lives through hospital equipment for years to come.

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Sadaqah Fitr

Sadaqah Fitr is more commonly known as Zakat ul-Fitr or Fitrana. Sadaqah Fitr is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting.

Guard yourselves against the Fire [of Hell] even if it be only with half a date-fruit (given in charity); and if you cannot afford even that, you should at least say a good word. (Muslim)

The required quantity of Sadaqah Fitr was described by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as one saa. The monetary equivalent of this today (as per Ramadan 2020) is £5 worth of staple food. IKCA uses your Fitrana to feed poor cancer patients receiving treatment at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. For these patients, a good meal isn’t easy to come by. Yet it’s vital that we provide them with the nutrients they need to recover their strength and fight back at cancer.

At IKCA we refer to Sadaqah Fitr as ‘Fitrana.’ To find out more about this form of charity this Ramadan, visit our information page on Fidyah, Kaffarah & Fitrana.