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Understanding Sadaqah: A Guide to Giving

What Does Sadaqah Mean?

Sadaqah is an optional contribution and a donation given with no expectation of reward or something in return; it is simply given as an act of kindness. Sadaqah is considered a short-term contribution, something that can aid someone in need immediately, while Sadaqah Jariyah is longer-term and continues to give, even after you have passed. The difference between Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah will assist you in determining how much Sadaqah to give.

The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) - Hadith, Tirmidhi

How to Give Sadaqah

Sadaqah can be donated in many ways. Whether you give Sadaqah online, from home, in person at the mosque, or if you donate physical items such as goods or clothes, anything that provides support or care for someone who is less fortunate counts. Sadaqah Jariyah can be a monetary donation; however, it must be with the intent to fund a long-term project. The power of Sadaqah is strong and can change the lives of those in need.

Examples of Sadaqah Jariyah

  • Planting Fruit-Bearing Trees: This provides food and shade for years to come. 
  • Constructing a Water Pump or Well: Ensuring communities have access to clean water. 
  • Providing Education: Supporting the teaching of the Qur’an and Islamic knowledge to others. 

The Benefits of Giving Sadaqah

Giving Sadaqah purifies your wealth and provides countless benefits. It not only helps those in need but also brings you closer to Allah (SWT), providing spiritual and emotional satisfaction.

How to Give Sadaqah for Illness

Sadaqah can be given to seek Allah's (SWT) mercy and cure for an illness. It is believed that giving Sadaqah can help alleviate suffering and bring about physical and spiritual healing.

How to Give Sadaqah on Behalf of Someone

You can give Sadaqah on behalf of someone else, such as a deceased loved one. This act can benefit the deceased by earning them rewards even after they have passed away.

The Best Way to Give Sadaqah

The best way to give Sadaqah is any way you can, be it a smile, an act of compassion, or a donation made to a worthy cause. Online donations are a convenient way to give Sadaqah, especially to reputable charities working towards meaningful causes.

Sadaqah vs Lillah

Lillah means 'for the sake of Allah (SWT)' and is a type of Sadaqah donation. Instead of being made for an individual or persons in need, it can be made for an institution such as an orphanage, hospital, or mosque. Like Sadaqah, it is not a compulsory contribution; there is no minimum amount and no restriction on who can receive funds, unlike Zakat, which is given to a specific group of people in need. Sadaqah is usually given to an individual or community group.

Can You Pay Sadaqah to Non-Muslims?

While there are loose rules around giving Sadaqah, such as the intention to give with no expectation of reward, there are no rules on who can receive Sadaqah as it is an act of kindness intended to provide aid and support to anyone in need.

When to Give Sadaqah

Sadaqah can be given at any time throughout the year, night or day. Many people choose to give Sadaqah after illness or partake in giving Sadaqah after a bad dream, although this is not an expectation of Islam. Others choose to give Sadaqah during Ramadan when the rewards are greater; however, Sadaqah cannot be given in place of Zakat and is an additional contribution made with the intent to be kind.

Giving Sadaqah to Orphans in Need

At Orphans in Need, we provide support to children in need from all backgrounds and believe every child has the right to a happy, secure, and comfortable life with access to medical aid and education. Your Sadaqah donations continue to provide our teams with the resources we need to ensure confident and happy children.

Shaitan threatens you with poverty and enjoins you to be niggardly, and Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself and abundance; and Allah is ample-giving, knowing.

Qur’an 2:268

By giving Sadaqah, you defy Shaitan’s intention to keep us in poverty and keep us greedy. Together, we can build a better and brighter world for everyone, including our orphans and widows who rely on our kindness and support.

Just £30 a month, that’s only £1 a day, can help us make even small improvements to the lives of our orphans. Please give Sadaqah to Orphans in Need today and be the difference these children need for a better future.

Visit our donate page and choose Sadaqah from the drop-down menu to support the cause you care about.