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Sadaqah, a word derived from the Arabic root meaning “sincerity”, is a cornerstone of Islamic belief and practice. It embodies the principles of generosity, compassion, and social responsibility.

Sadaqah is an act of worship performed purely to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and is distinct from Zakat, an obligatory form of charitable giving.

The Significance of Sadaqah

Spiritual Purification: Sadaqah is believed to cleanse the soul and purify wealth, promoting sincerity and combating materialism.

Social Responsibility: It addresses poverty and inequality, fostering a more just and equitable society.

Divine Protection: Sadaqah acts as a shield, protecting the giver from misfortunes and calamities.

Abundant Rewards: Allah (SWT) promises to multiply the rewards of Sadaqah generously, granting blessings in this life and the hereafter.

“Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.”

(Quran 3:92)

The Many Forms of Sadaqah

Sadaqah goes far beyond monetary donations. It encompasses a wide array of actions aimed at benefiting others and pleasing Allah (SWT):

Traditional Sadaqah

  • Feeding the hungry and providing sustenance.
  • Offering financial support to those in need.
  • Making sincere prayers (Dua) for the well-being of others.

Sadaqah in Daily Life

  • Sharing a smile to spread positivity.
  • Imparting knowledge and wisdom.
  • Giving guidance and advice.
  • Dedicating time and care to family and loved ones.
  • Raising children in a manner pleasing to Allah (SWT).
  • Practicing patience, gentle speech, and forgiveness.
  • Supporting new Muslims in their faith journey.
  • Removing obstacles from paths.
  • Protecting others from harm.
  • Visiting and caring for the sick.

Sadaqah Jariyah (Ongoing Charity)

This form of Sadaqah creates a legacy of good deeds with benefits that continue long after a person’s passing. Examples include:

  • Teaching valuable skills.
  • Building mosques, schools, hospitals, or other beneficial institutions.
  • Constructing wells or providing ongoing access to clean water.
  • Writing or disseminating educational materials.
  • Planting trees for environmental benefits.
  • Creating shelters for people or animals.
  • Inventing or developing tools that improve lives.

Understanding the Difference Between Zakat and Sadaqah

While both Zakat and Sadaqah are forms of charitable giving in Islam, they have key distinctions:

ObligationMandatory for Muslims meeting specific criteriaVoluntary act of generosity
FrequencyCalculated annually based on eligible assetsCan be given at any time, with no set frequency
EligibilitySpecific categories of recipients outlined in the Quran (9:60)Can be given to anyone in need
Donor CriteriaMuslims must meet a minimum wealth threshold (nisab)Anyone can give, regardless of their wealth
AmountFixed percentage (usually 2.5%) of eligible assetsAmount is entirely at the giver’s discretion
ContinuityCeases upon a person’s deathCan continue through Sadaqah Jariyah

Benefits of Sadaqah

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the immense rewards of Sadaqah:

1. Protection from Calamity: “Sadaqah appeases the Lord’s anger and averts an evil death.” (Tirmidhi)

2. Shade on Judgement Day: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Tirmidhi)

3. Expiation of Sins: “Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi)

4. Increased Blessings: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim)

5. Healing Power: “Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah.” (Saheeh al-Jaami)

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”

(Quran 2:261)

How to Give Sadaqah

Sadaqah can be given to anyone in need, regardless of their religion or background.

Here are some ways to give Sadaqah:

  • Donate to reputable charities: Choose organizations that align with your values and have transparent practices.
  • Support local causes: Offer help within your community to address needs you see firsthand.
  • Sponsor an orphan or widow: Provide ongoing support to those who have lost their primary caregivers.
  • Volunteer your time and skills: Dedicate your talents and abilities to benefit a worthwhile cause.

The Power of Intention

The true reward of Sadaqah lies in performing it sincerely for Allah’s (SWT) sake. Keep your intentions pure and seek His pleasure above all else.

“Those who in charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”

(Quran 2:274)

Bonyan: Where Your Sadaqah Changes Lives

Bonyan ignites hope in the hearts of those shattered by conflict and crisis throughout the Middle East and Africa. Your Sadaqah donation to Bonyan fuels compassion, fulfilling the core values of Islam.

Ending Despair: Your Sadaqah delivers life-saving essentials – food, shelter, and medical aid – to families in unimaginable hardship.

Nurturing Tomorrow: We protect and educate children, giving them a chance to rebuild their futures and chase their dreams.

Building Strength: Your Sadaqah funds sustainable projects that empower communities and foster long-term resilience.

Act Now

Sadaqah reminds us our blessings are gifts from Allah (SWT). Sharing them deepens our connection to Him and enriches the lives of others.

With Bonyan, your Sadaqah is an act of love that mends hearts, restores lives, and nurtures a world where compassion shines.

Remember, even the smallest gesture of kindness carries infinite worth in the eyes of Allah (SWT).


What are the rules for Sadaqah?

Intention: Sadaqah must be given sincerely for the sake of pleasing Allah (SWT).
Lawful Source: Ensure that the wealth you give comes from permissible means.
No Expectation of Reward: Give without seeking recognition or worldly gain.

Who is eligible for Sadaqah?

Anyone in need can receive Sadaqah, regardless of their religious background, age, or relation to the giver. The Quran mentions specific categories of people entitled to Zakat, but Sadaqah remains open and inclusive.

Can Sadaqah be given to non-Muslims?

Yes, demonstrating the universality of compassion in Islam. Sadaqah can be given to promote goodwill, address needs, and foster positive relationships within the broader community.

Can you give Sadaqah any time?

Yes! Unlike Zakat, which has a specific annual timeframe, Sadaqah can be given at any time, day or night. Making it a regular practice increases its benefits.

How much money do you give in Sadaqah?

The amount is completely at your discretion. Even small amounts offered sincerely hold immense value. The important thing is to give what you can with a generous heart.

How to do Sadaqah without money?

Sadaqah encompasses a vast range of good deeds beyond financial donations:
– Sharing a smile
– Offering knowledge or advice
– Dedicating time to family or helping others
– Practicing patience and gentle speech
– Removing obstacles or protecting others from harm

What is the best way of Sadaqah?

The best Sadaqah is giving from what you love, sincerely for Allah’s (SWT) pleasure. Sadaqah Jariyah holds a special place, as the benefits of your act continue even after your lifetime. Consider causes and projects that align with your values and create lasting positive impacts.