Sadaqah, meaning ‘righteousness’, refers to charity, and this form of voluntary charity should be given regularly. It should be given purely with the intention of pleasing Allah (SWT). Sadaqah is mentioned in more than 50 places in the Qur’an, and this virtuous act has a lot of benefits for the giver and helps the receiver.
Sadaqah is a means of protecting yourself from calamities, protection from hellfire, and the reason for the shade covering you on the Day of Judgement, as well as having many other benefits.
The reward of Sadaqah is high, even for small amounts, such as a few pounds. Ultimately, as with every act for Muslims, it is rewarded by your intentions, so even if you cannot donate a lot, a little can be highly rewarded.
Even your character can be counted as a good charitable deed if your character means you are generous and giving. In addition, smiling is a charitable deed, and this is also Sunnah, as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to smile often.
Gate to Jannah – Baab As-Sadaqah
Baab As-Sadaqah, meaning Door of Sadaqah (charity), is a gate through which Muslims can enter Heaven, Jannah. However, those who can enter through this gate must have been generous and willingly given their wealth to those in need and performed many acts of charity. To enter through this gate, it is important to give charity regularly, for some of the most loved acts of worship by Allah (SWT) are those done regularly, no matter how small.
Islamic Quotes About Sadaqah
There are many quotes about Sadaqah, including hadiths, which should encourage us to strive to give more charity as Muslims. Here are some very important ones:
Charity is due every day – “A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
Charity is shade on the Day of Resurrection – The Prophet, upon him, be peace, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Charity prevents hardship – The Prophet, upon him, be peace, said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Charity should be given for the sake of Allah (SWT) and should be kept private as an act of worship between you and Allah (SWT) – The Prophet, upon him, be peace, said: “A crafty one, a miser, and one who keeps reminding people of what he has given, will not enter Paradise.” (Tirmidhi)
There are many acts of charity that count as Sadaqah Jariyah – a charity with ongoing rewards. For example:
- Giving a Qur’an to someone – every time they read from it, you will gain the reward.
- Passing on knowledge about the Deen – this cycle allows many people to be rewarded for sharing and teaching this knowledge.
- Donating to build a masjid – for every person who prays in there, you will also get the reward.
- Donating a wheelchair to a hospital or care home – for every person who uses it, you get the reward.
- Building a water well – for every person or animal who drinks from it, you get the reward for it.
Quotes About Sadaqah Jariyah
Muhammad, upon him, be peace, said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).” (Muslim)
As seen in this hadith, even when a person dies and can no longer worship Allah (SWT), they can still gain good deeds by having done acts of Sadaqah Jariyah while they are alive. Equally, if a family pays for a masjid construction or water well and dedicates it to the deceased, then this person can receive rewards through this, too.
Give Sadaqah with Orphans in Need
Prophet Muhammad, upon him, be peace, said, “Protect yourself from hellfire even by giving a piece of date as charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
You can give Sadaqah with Orphans in Need today. Your donations can help people who are struggling all around the world by providing them with food, clean water, shelter, education, medicine and much more.