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CHARITY IS A BLESSING FOR ALL OF US

Sadaqa (charity) is charity given voluntarily in order to please God.

Sadaqa also describes a voluntary charitable act towards others, whether through generosity, love, compassion or faith. These acts are not necessarily physical or monetary. Simple good deeds such as a smile, or a helping hand, are seen as acts of sadaqa.

Who can give sadaqa?

Anyone can give sadaqa for any amount. Some of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were incredibly generous in giving sadaqa, often giving away large portions of their wealth and keeping only enough to meet their needs. A good balance for us may be to divide our wealth between that which we need, savings and sadaqa.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) would give charity throughout the year but increase his sadaqa during Ramadan. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of people, and he was most generous during Ramadan,” (Hadith, Bukhari).

Ramadan is therefore a good time to increase one’s sadaqa, pay one’s zakat if it is due or start giving regular charity as the rewards for good deeds are multiplied.

What is sadaqa jariya?

Sadaqa jariya is an important concept within Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them,” (Hadith, Muslim).

Therefore, Muslims are eager to give charity which will continue to have benefit to people after their death and continue to earn them reward.

Any charity which continues to have positive effects on a community in the long-term can be considered a sadaqa jariya. Some examples include:

  • Building Masajid, Quran Pak’s Hadiya, Jaye Namaz hadiya’s and Building Daras gaah
  • Installing durable water systems
  • Helping a family start a business which continues generating profit for future generations

What are the benefits of giving Sadaqa?

Sadaqa benefits the believer not just in this life but the next.

Sadaqa averts calamity and increases sustenance and blessings in one’s life. Allah says in the Qur’an, “Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned,” (Qur’an, 2: 245).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi). He also said that Allah offers relief on the Day of Judgement for those who give sadaqa: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).

Ramadan is a time to increase our good deeds and to connect with those who regularly go without food and water. This year, we should also reach out to those at greater risk of the coronavirus pandemic who may not have access to adequate protection and healthcare.

Give generously in this blessed month and ask Allah to make your sadaqa a protection for you and your loved ones.

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