Sadaqah, meaning ‘charity is a voluntary form of giving in Islam. The term comes from the Arabic root word ‘sidiq’ which means sincerity. Giving Sadaqah is seen as a sign of sincere faith and belief in Allah (swt). The more Sadaqh given the more we can increase our iman and Allah’s rewards in this life and the hereafter.
Giving Sadaqah out of our wealth does not decrease our wealth but instead Allah (s.w.t) increases it:
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessings, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loves not creatures ungrateful and the sinner.” (Qur’an 2:276)
Sadaqah is not only restricted to giving part of our wealth, material possessions or any special deed of righteousness. Islam considers all good deeds as Sadaqah which increase our iman. This means that every Muslim can earn rewards from Allah from Sadaqah and it is an easy way to increase our iman. The Prophet (saw) tells us that dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and even a smile is a form of Sadaqah.
To get the reward of Sadaqah we need to observe the following teachings:
- Sadaqah must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah and not out of a desire to show off or gain praise from other.
- It is better to conceal what we give or do as Sadaqah to keep your intentions pure.
- Your Sadaqah must be from a halal (lawful) source.
- Begin your charity with your dependents then the wider Muslim community.
- Do not delay or be lazy in giving your Sadaqah.
- Do not count the Sadaqah which you give.
- When giving Sadaqah seek only the desire to see Allah and do expect favour or reward from any person for the Sadaqah you give.
From these virtuous teachings we can observe that through Sadaqah we can increase our Iman and good deeds. Whether we are rich or poor we have opportunities for Sadaqah, including giving Da’wah (inviting people to Islam), smiling at others, remembrance of Allah and giving charity. If you do have the wealth to extend your help to more Muslim communities around the world then you will certainly gain the rewards and pleasure of Allah for increasing your acts Sadaqah and charity. Give your Sadqah today.
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your cause’, and the other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser.’” (Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith 522)