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.
Sadaqah is different from Zakat, in that it is not obligatory on any kind of surplus wealth. 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. It can be given to anyone, and it has no limits or guidelines. In the Islamic faith, even a smile is considered sadaqah.
Sadaqah may be given to mark or bring blessings to special occasions such as weddings, births, and personal success, as a sign of gratitude to Allah (swt). It may also be given in instances of sadness and bereavement, or on behalf of others.
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 Jariya. Find out about Sadaqah Jariya and how your charity can continue to save lives through hospital equipment for years to come.Give Your Sadaqah Now You can also calculate your Zakat here