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Sadaqah

Sadaqah is the voluntary giving of charity for the sake of Allah. Human Relief Foundation distributes Sadqah to the most vulnerable segments of society all across the world.

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In a world that is so often rife with greed and selfishness, it is through acts of charity that we can hope to restore the balance. There are many ways in which a Muslim can get involved with charity, but one of the most common ways is to give Sadaqah.

Sadaqah – also known as Sadaqah Jariyah – is the act of ongoing charity, a gift that keeps on giving. Unlike Zakat which is compulsory, Sadaqah is a voluntary act of charity that is done for the sake of Allah (SWT). This ceaseless charity is given to those much less fortunate than ourselves in order to help improve their everyday lives.

What is Sadaqah?

Giving Sadaqah is so much more than a simple donation. Any form of ongoing charity will help the recipients rebuild their communities or create an income that will sustain their families in the long-term. This doesn’t have to be in the form of monetary donations, either. Donations of religious materials, knowledge and skills as well as giving up time to help fundraise or construct significant buildings are also forms of ongoing charity that are hugely beneficial.

Who Pays Sadaqah?

Unlike Zakat, which is an obligation for Muslims to pay, Sadaqah is given entirely on a voluntary basis. It can be donated at any time of year and any amount can be given – there are no specific amounts or percentages to calculate and donate. Further to this, the money can be given towards any number of different causes and projects, as long as there are people that will benefit from the donation.

When a person benefits from a donation given as Sadaqah, the donor will receive benefits too; immediately through the knowledge that their donation has gone towards improving a life, and in the hereafter, too.

“Say: Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to such of His servants as He pleases: and what you spend in charity He replaces it: for He is the Best of those who grant Sustenance (Saba 34 : 39)”.

When is Best to Give Sadaqah?

There is no specified time of the week, month or year to give Sadaqah donations; in fact, it can be given freely as and when an individual pleases. One of the conditions of Sadaqah is that we do not delay in giving donations. However, donating to a current project is a very popular way of giving that can vary throughout the year.

While there are certain times of year when performing charitable acts brings immeasurable reward to the donor such as Ramadan, Sadaqah can and should be given whenever it is possible to do so.

Why Do We Pay Sadaqah?

Unlike zakat, any money given as Sadaqah is entirely voluntary. Where we donate, how much we donate and who the donations benefit is entirely down to the individual. We pay Sadaqah for the sake of Allah, as a form of ongoing, continuous charity that is sincere and not done for recognition or reward. Giving Sadaqah must be a selfless act for it to have the biggest impact on all involved.

Where Do We Pay Sadaqah?

When you give Sadaqah with Human Relief Foundation, we allocate your donation to those most in need. You can opt to donate towards a specific country or prominent cause, or you can choose to give directly to our General Fund. When opting for the latter, you are allowing us to determine on your behalf those most in need at the time of giving.

We work in some of the most disrupted countries in the world, including India, Palestine, Jordan and Somalia, and your donations allow us to distribute critical food, water and medical supplies where they are needed most.

How Much Do We Pay?

There is no set minimum or a limit when it comes to donating Sadaqah. Anything from a few pounds through to a few hundred will always be gratefully received here at Human Relief Foundation, but the amount donated will always be at the discretion of the donor.

Any donations given as sadaqah will be replaced by Allah (SWT), ensuring that you will never be worse off for your kindness and charity.

You can give Sadaqah with us today by clicking here.

Types of Sadaqah

Any form of Sadaqah is beneficial for a Muslim. This can be money, time, a smile or even a donated meal. As a voluntary form of charity, Sadaqah is given out of love, out of compassion and a feeling of generosity instead of obligation.

There are a few types of Sadaqah: Sadaqah for the sake of Allah and religion, ongoing continuous charity, and any possessions or assets that are donated or held for the purpose of Sadaqah Jariyah and for the greater good.

Differences between Sadaqah and Zakat

The primary difference between Sadaqah and zakat is that zakat is an obligation upon all Muslims whereas Sadaqah is given freely. Zakat is paid annually based on the lunar calendar and is calculated based on savings and assets above a certain threshold (Nisab). Above the Nisab, a Muslim must donate 2.5% of their wealth.

Zakat is only paid by adult Muslims who are of sound mind. However, you are exempt from paying zakat if your savings fall below the current Nisab threshold.

By contrast, Sadaqah is given out of good will, and any amount can be given as an act of charity to anyone. Sadaqah is given discretely and with no expectation of reward – a selfless act for any Muslim. Anyone can donate Sadaqah, for themselves and on behalf of another person.

Benefits of Sadaqah

There are so many benefits of giving Sadaqah for a Muslim. Firstly, anything given generously for the sake of giving is enough to make you feel good, especially if the impact on others is immediately apparent such as helping someone with their shopping or holding a door open for a stranger. In addition to this, anything given selflessly is rewarded by Allah. Any money given is replaced, and time invested is compensated in the Hereafter, as documented widely in the Qur’an.

With so many different ways to give Sadaqah, there are many more ways to receive the rewards brought about by such acts of kindness.

If you would like to give Sadaqah with Human Relief Foundation, then please donate here.

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