Sadaqah: A Sign of Sincere Faith

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. Therefore giving Sadaqah is considered a sign of sincere faith.

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)

As Muslims, we believe that giving Sadaqah brings Barakah to our wealth and can even prolong life.

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Examples of Sadaqah

From a kind word or smile, to a monetary gift that saves someone from hardship -any good deed that helps others can count as Sadaqah. Here are some of the most popular kinds of Sadaqah donors give to IKCA:

  • To provide treatment for poor cancer patients.
  • To provide nutritional food to a cancer patient
  • Pay for essential medical equipment
  • Sadaqah towards constructing a cancer hospital
  • Help towards constructing a cancer hospital

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)

Last year, the Sadaqah you gave allowed us to treat 10,650 new cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Total figures for the surgeries we performed and treatments provided with your Sadaqah, throughout 2020 were:


When to Give Sadaqah

Sadaqah can be given at any time, for any reason at all. You may wish to give Sadaqah to mark or bring blessings to special occasions such as a wedding, birth or other important milestone. On these occasions, Muslims give Sadaqah as a sign of gratitude to Allah (SWT). But Sadaqah can also be given in times of sadness, sickness and bereavement, or even on behalf of others, living or deceased. Regardless of your motivation, what counts when giving Sadaqah is sincerity and seeking the pleasure of Allah (SWT). And remember, giving Sadaqah does not decrease your wealth. So give generously and without fear!

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)

Muslims understand that the best charity is given in secret. You can give Sadaqah online through IKCA easily and discretely at any time.

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Build a Hospital with your Sadaqah

Giving Sadaqah to build a hospital is a great way to reap ongoing rewards. Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore has been saving lives for over two decades. Imagine all the thousands of patients your donation will help, for all the many years the hospital you helped to build exists.

Now thousands of people are giving Sadaqah to help us build our new Hospital in Karachi. Please join them by giving Sadaqah to our Karachi Hospital Appeal.

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Sadaqah & Zakat

Both Sadaqah and Zakat are forms of charity in Islam but they are not interchangeable. Zakat is an obligatory charity on those who can afford it, and is given from one's surplus wealth. It is considered an act of worship; the one who gives Zakat benefits more than the one who receives Zakat.

Sadaqah on the other hand is a 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 and generosity. Sadaqah can be given to anyone because it has no limits or guidelines. Even a smile can be considered Sadaqah.

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Sadaqah Jariyah & Sadaqah Fitr

There are two other kinds of Sadaqah, called Sadaqah Jariyah and Sadaqah Fitr.

Sadaqah Jariyah is charity invested in something which has ongoing benefits for people, such as building a hospital or buying essential medical equipment which provides sick people with healing for many years. Sadaqah Jariyah allows you to reap the blessings of your charity, even after death, for as long as it continues to benefit others. Find out more about Sadaqah Jariyah

Sadaqah Fitr is more commonly known as Zakat ul-Fitr or Fitrana. This is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. At IKCA we refer to Sadaqah Fitr as 'Fitrana' and we use your Fitrana to feed poor cancer patients receiving treatment at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Find out more about Fitrana.

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