Please give 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 quote in Islam

Sadaqah meaning charity is the concept of voluntary giving ‘fi sabillilah' - for the cause of Allah. The term stems from the Arabic root word ‘sidq’ which means sincerity. Giving Sadaqah is therefore 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’, or blessings, to our wealth and can even prolong life. Imran Khan, our founder, believed this and donated his prize money from the 1992 Cricket World Cup to build the first Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

Since then, millions more from around the world have donated their hard-earned income to support poor cancer patients in the hope of reward from the Most High.

Please play your part.

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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)

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 our donors give:

  • Treatment for poor cancer patients
  • Hospital meals for patients who can’t afford food
  • Essential equipment for delivering the best possible service
  • Donations towards hospital staff wages
  • Donations towards hospital construction

Last year, the Sadaqah you gave allowed us to treat 14,840 new cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Total figures for the surgeries performed and outpatient visits carried out with your Sadaqah in 2021 were:

Surgical procedures at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital      210,667 Outpatient Visits at SKMCH      40 Million spent on free cancer care at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital


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 another 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 someone, 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 can be given in secret. You can give Sadaqah online through IKCA easily and discreetly, at any time. 

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3 things about Sadaqah

Both Sadaqah and Zakat are forms of charity in Islam, but they are not interchangeable. Zakat is an obligatory payment on those who can afford it and it is given from one's surplus wealth. Like Sadaqah, Zakat 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 contribution. 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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Giving Sadaqah to build a hospital is a great way to reap ongoing rewards. Shaukat Khanum Hospital has been saving lives for over two decades. Imagine all the thousands of patients your Sadaqah 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 a new hospital in Karachi. Please join them by giving Sadaqah to our Karachi Hospital Appeal.

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