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There are various forms of charity within Islam, with Sadaqah and Lillah being just two of many. Charity is greatly important in Islam as it influences Muslims to recognise that all they have is a temporary blessing from Allah (SWT). Worldly possessions can’t be brought with you upon death, meaning that nothing is owned by you and, instead, is gifted to you by Allah (SWT). However, everyone in Islam is considered equal, which is why privileged Muslims should make it their mission to level the playing field by sharing their wealth. It’s not morally correct to be aware of the suffering of others and do nothing to amend it when you have the means to do so. 

This prominence of charity within Islam results in various mediums of giving. So, what is the difference between Sadaqah and Lillah?

What Does Sadaqah Mean?

The term Sadaqah describes an act of kindness that is delivered in the absence of an expectation of something in return. Quite simply, it refers to a selfless good deed. This could be something as little as exchanging smiles with a stranger or sharing some kind words. On the other hand, it can also act as a means of offering support to those in need. For example, giving up your time to aid a loved one or giving money to a homeless person. 

The direct translation of Sadaqah is “righteousness”; however, in modern contexts, it means “voluntary charity”. 

Different Types of Sadaqah 

There are multiple versions of Sadaqah, including Aqiqah, Fidya, and Kaffarah. However, Sadaqah isn’t to be confused with Sadaqah Jariyah; the main difference between Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah is the scale of the impact that is being made. For instance, Sadaqah can act as a short-term solution, such as providing a hungry child with a meal for one night. On the other hand, Sadaqah Jariyah is given with the intention to help someone on a long-term basis. Sadaqah Jariyah examples include sponsoring an orphan or sharing the teachings of Islam. 

How Much Sadaqah to Give

Sadaqah has no set amount, meaning you’re able to simply contribute anything you can. You can give Sadaqah online, making it incredibly easy for anyone to pay Sadaqah.

Importance of Sadaqah in Islam 

Charity is a key feature of Islam and is greatly encouraged by Sadaqah as people are prompted to give for the sake of giving. Not only does an act of charity aid the receiver, but it improves the mental wellbeing of the giver. The support of the poor and donating to charity alike are repeatedly mentioned within the Holy Qur’an. With every random act of kindness, Allah’s (SWT) mercy grows.

‘The likeness of (the ones) who expend their riches in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain that grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. And Allah gives manifold to whomever He decides; and Allah is Ever-Embracing, Ever-Knowing.’

Holy Quran, surat Al-Baqarah [2:261]

What is Lillah?

Lillah directly translates to “for Allah”, meaning that Lillah is any mode of voluntary charity given in the name of Allah. Lillah isn’t typically given to a person, but rather an institution such as a Mosque, hospital, or orphanage. Lillah donations are primarily used to contribute to the betterment of others, regardless of their religion. 

What Can Lillah Money be Used For?

As previously mentioned, Lillah money is used to improve the lives of others via the funding of an institution. For instance, a charitable organisation may collect Lillah for the running expenses of madrassahs, the construction of Masjid, or the building of wells. This is because such acts are set to please Allah (SWT) since they contribute to the wellbeing of those in need and come from a place of goodwill. 

Benefits of Giving Lillah

Like Sadaqah, Lillah is a form of charity, which is one of the main priorities within the Islamic faith. These acts of charity ensure that those in need are receiving the necessary help to elevate them from dire circumstances. At the same time, the distributors of this charitable aid are able to reap the benefits of displaying selfless acts of kindness from both a moral and religious perspective. 

How Much Lillah to Give

Like Sadaqah, there is no set amount when it comes to donating Lillah. It’s still considered a voluntary contribution, meaning you’re able to contribute anything you can manage. 

Fulfil Your Obligation to Charity with Orphans in Need

As a Muslim, it’s your duty to give what you can to charity, for compulsory and voluntary causes alike. If you’re in a privileged position, you must make it your mission to share your wealth and elevate those in need from trying times. Donate to Orphans in Need today.


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