Sadaqa (charity) is charity given voluntarily in order to please God.
Sadaqa also describes a voluntary charitable act towards others, whether through generosity, love, compassion or faith. These acts are not necessarily physical or monetary. Simple good deeds such as a smile, or a helping hand, are seen as acts of sadaqa.
Anyone can give sadaqa for any amount. Some of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were incredibly generous in giving sadaqa, often giving away large portions of their wealth and keeping only enough to meet their needs. A good balance for us may be to divide our wealth between that which we need, savings and sadaqa.
Sadaqa benefits the believer not just in this life but the next.
Sadaqa averts calamity and increases sustenance and blessings in one’s life.
Sadaqa comes from the word : Sadaqa : to be truthful. Sadaqa is derived from Sidq meaning that the person is giving charity to help the poor and needy confirming his true devotion and service to Allah.
There is difference between sadaqah and Zakat. zakat is obligatory, sadaqah is not obligatory usually refers to voluntary helps or donations.
Some Sadakah Quotes are as follows:
Quranic Verses about Sadaqah
“Those who spend in charity will be richly reward” (Quran 57:10)
“O believers give of what We have provided for you” (Surah Al’Baqara, 254)
“You will not attain to piety until you spend of that which you love” (Surah Al’Imran, 92)
“And whoever volunteers good then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing.”- [Quran /2:158]
“Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Free of need and Forbearing.” – [Quran, 2:263]
“Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goody loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honorable good reward” (Quran 57:18)
“Those who spend their wealth [in Allah ‘s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” – [Quran, 2:274]
“Indeed, the men who practice charity and the women who practice charity and [they who] have loaned Allah a goodly loan – it will be multiplied for them, and they will have a noble reward.”- [Quran /57:18]
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like seed of grain which grows seven spikes, in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills” (The Holy Quran)
Hadith about Sadaqah
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon him) said & Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying
“Sadaqah does not decrease wealth” (Muslim)
“Sadaqah (charity) does not decrease wealth.”- al-Muslim
“It is also charity to utter a good word.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
“The good sadaqah (charity) is that given by one who has little.”
“Sadaqah extinguishes sin as a water extinguishes fire” (Tirmidhi)
“Sadaqah wipes out sins like water extinguishes fire.” – [Tirmidhi]
“Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).” [Sahīh al-Jami’ (No. 3358)]
“The believers shade on the day of resurrection will be charity.” [Tirmdhi]
“Ramadan is an honorable and blessed month, and the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it. The best charity is that given in Ramadan” (Al’Tirmidi)
“Guard yourselves against the Fire (of Hell) even if it be only with half a date-fruit (given in charity); and if you cannot afford even that, you should at least say a good word.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
“Every day two Angels come down from Heaven; one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person, who spends in Your Cause,’ and the other (Angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser.’ “- [Sahih al-Bukhari]
When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased).
[Sahih Muslim – Book 13 – Hadith 4005]
Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).
[Sahih Muslim – Book 032: Hadith 6264]
Sadaqa is due on every joint of a person, every day the sun rises. Administering of justice between two men is also a Sadaqa. And assisting a man to ride upon his beast, or helping him load his luggage upon it, is a Sadaqa; and a good word is a Sadaqa; and every step that you take towards prayer is a Sadaqa, and removing of harmful things from the pathway is a Sadaqa.” [SahihMuslim, Book 5, Hadith 2204]
“Give Sadaqah always but don’t forget on every last ten nights of Ramadan.”
“The best sadaqah is that a Muslim learns knowledge (of the Deen) and then teaches it to his Muslim brothers.”
“We should give charity because after our death everything will be left here but good deeds including charity will go with us.”
“When you give someone charity be thankful to them. You may be fixing their Dunya, but they are fixing your Akhirah.”
“Do not fear poverty. Rather fear of being rich because the more you have, the more you will be accountable for.”
“Allah is not unfair by making some people rich and others poor, it is Allah’s way of testing the fairness of those He gave more.”
“We should do Sadaqah on regular basis but we should not forget in holy month of Ramadan. The best Sadaqah is during Ramadān”
“When the Creator (Allah) blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living, rather raise your standard of giving and helping to needy and poor people.”
“To smile is a sadaqah, to smile in the face of your brother, to visit a sick person is sadaqah, to help a homeless person is sadaqah, to help an old man is sadaqah.so keep smiling”
“Give lots of charity, as much as you can, because it helps push away hardship. And if you can’t give money, even kind words or physical sadaqah can do (i.e. helping people physically or emotionally).”
“Treat your illnesses by giving sadaqah(charity).” – Hasan Al-Basri
“Don’t feel ashamed if the amount of charity is small because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame.” – Ali(RA)
Your charity will not be accepted until you believe, “I need the reward more than the beggar needs the money.” – Uthman Ibn Affan (May Allah be pleased with him)
Sadaqah. In the matter of the offering of “Sadaqah” he said, “When you offer any Sadaqah to a beggar, do it with humility and respect, for what you are offering is an offer to Allah”. – Abu bakr (RA)