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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

At IKCA we spend Sadaqah Jariyah on hospital construction costs and essential medical equipment. Sadaqah Jariyah help us diagnose, treat and support cancer patients for years to come. Find out more about Sadaqah Jariyah and how your charity can continue to save lives through hospital equipment for years to come.

When seeking ideas for Sadaqah Jariyah, Muslims often choose to build wells for poor communities or plant trees which will benefit people and animals. Other popular Sadaqah Jariyah ideas include building mosques or institutions that spread knowledge, such as schools; or building hospitals which provide healing. For some Sadaqah Jariyah ideas when giving to IKCA, visit our Urgent Appeals page where we’ve got a list of hospital projects and appeals for vital equipment, which you can give towards.

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For more Sadaqah Jariyah ideas or even general fundraising ideas, visit our Fundraising Ideas page.


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.
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 2019) is £5 worth of staple food. So the recommended amount to be paid as Sadaqah Fitr by each person is roughly £5. It is important that Sadaqah Fitr reaches the poor in time for Eid, so that they can celebrate the festival.

At IKCA we refer to Sadaqah Fitr as ‘Fitrana.’ To find out more about this form of charity, and how you can give it online, visit our information page on Fidyah, Kaffarah & Fitrana.


Hadith on Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah

The virtues and blessings of giving Sadaqah are plentiful. Many of these are mentioned in the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and the Holy Qur’an. Here are some Hadith on Sadaqah which capture the essence and beauty of giving for Allah (swt).

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “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 Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: 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

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: 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

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  said: 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 6252

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’ -Bukhari

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Treat your sick ones with charity. -Saheeh al-Jaami’ 3358

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