What is Sadaqah in Islam?
Sadaqah is any voluntary act of righteousness or kindness that is made with no expectation for anything in return. There is no minimum amount of Sadaqah that must be given and no requirement to give regularly. Sadaqah can be split into two further acts of kindness, Sadaqah itself, which is considered a short-term gesture and Sadaqah Jariyah, which is a gesture that gives long-term. There is no requirement to what you need to do to fulfil Sadaqah, meaning that something as simple as sharing your knowledge in Islam can be a gesture that continues to give.
Sadaqah Jariyah (Sadaqah e Jariyah) vs Zakaat (Zakat)
Sadaqah Jariyah differs slightly from Sadaqah. While Sadaqah Jariyah is still a voluntary form of charity like Sadaqah, it must have a lasting impact on the receiver. To that end, examples of Sadaqah Jariyah include planting a resourceful tree, such as fruit trees or contributing towards the building of water wells, schools, or hospitals.
Benefits of Zakat and Sadaqah
Both gestures carry great rewards in this life and the next for the giver, but the effects of Zakat and Sadaqah are even greater for the receiver. The donations made with the intention of Sadaqah or Zakat through Orphans in Need are received by those most in need, our orphans and widows who are struggling in life through no fault of their own. Your Sadaqah and Zakat donations enable us to provide seasonal clothing to keep warm in the cold winters, food packs that will feed hungry mouths for a month and necessary access to education and medical care.
Although there is a difference between Sadaqah and Zakat, they are both ways to help you get closer to Allah (SWT). By practising regular charity, you can improve your own well-being and find peace and happiness in this life and the Hereafter. By giving charity, we also show Allah (SWT) that we are grateful for the gifts he has bought onto our own lives.
Following the Way of the Prophet (PBUH)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best example of regular giving and would often give to those in need who had nothing of their own when he himself was hungry. By making regular Sadaqah, you are following in the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH) and setting a good example in life for your own children.
By understanding the Zakat and Sadaqah differences, you can be better informed when making a donation or contribution to Orphans in Need. We will take your contributions, whether they are intended as Zakat or Sadaqah and use them to improve the lives of hundreds of orphans in countries all over the world.
You can sponsor an orphan today with us for only £30 a month, that’s about £1 a day – not a lot to many of us, but this amount makes a huge difference in the life of needy orphan children.