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’ or 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.
When facing sickness, Muslims are encouraged to give Sadaqah because of the hadith on Sadaqah. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is known to have said, ‘Treat your sick ones with charity.‘ Muslims believe that giving Sadaqah brings Barakah to your wealth and can even prolong 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)Give Sadaqah Online Support our emergency appeal
Sadaqah and Zakat
Both Sadaqah and Zakat are forms of charity in Islam but they are not interchangeable. Zakat is an obligatory charity 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.
Allah (swt) said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’ (Bukhari)
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, and, in the Islamic faith there are many hadiths on Sadaqah and charity.Give Sadaqah Online You can also calculate your Zakat here
When to Give Sadaqah
One can give Sadaqah at anytime as there are no set days or restrictions. Muslims often give Sadaqah to mark or bring blessings to special occasions such as weddings, births and other important milestones. Sadaqah is given as a sign of gratitude to Allah (swt) on these occasions. One can also give Sadaqah in times of sadness, sickness and bereavement or on behalf of others, living or deceased.
Just remember while you give generously that giving Sadaqah does not decrease an individual’s 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)
Many Muslims understand that the best charity is given in secret. You can give Sadaqah online through IKCA easily and discretely at any time.Give Sadaqah Online
There is another kind of Sadaqah which allows ongoing benefits to the recipient 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)
Whereas Sadaqah affords only one-off blessings, Sadaqah Jariyah allows you to reap blessings for as long as your charity continues to benefit others. An example of Sadaqah might be a donation we give to feed a cancer patient. An example of Sadaqah Jariyah is when we give towards building, or furnishing, a hospital with medical equipment to provide sick people with healing for many years.
At IKCA we spend Sadaqah Jariyah on hospital construction and essential medical equipment. For 25 years we’ve been investing Sadaqah Jariyah with ongoing benefits to our patients and ongoing rewards for our donors.
Find out more about Sadaqah Jariyah and how your charity can save lives through hospital construction and essential medical equipment for years to come.
Remember, upgrading Sadaqah to Sadaqah Jariyah doesn’t cost more. Find out how.Give Sadaqah Online
Sadaqah Fitr is also known as Zakat ul-Fitr or Fitrana. This 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 Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) described the required quantity of Sadaqah Fitr as one saa. The monetary equivalent of this today is £5 worth of staple food.
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)
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. For these patients, a good meal isn’t easy to come by. The Fitrana you pay through IKCA helps pave the way to recovery, one meal at a time.
To learn more about this form of charity, visit our information page on Fidyah, Kaffarah & Fitrana.