As we used to hear from our elders that to keep yourself safe from evil eyes pay Sadaqah. Why do we need to pay Sadaqah? and what are the types and benefits of paying Sadaqah? and what the Quran and Hadith say about Sadaqah?
A Beautiful Loan to Allah
Sadaqah, means ‘charity’, is the concept of voluntary sharing your wealth in Islam. Every action of righteousness in Islam is considered as Sadaqah. The term stems from the Arabic root word ‘Sidq’, which means sincerity. So giving Sidq is considered a sign of sincere faith. Read: 5 Attempts to Steal the Body of Prophet (P.B.U.H) from Madinah
The Significance of Sadaqah According to Quran & Hadith
“Who is he that will lend unto Allah a Goodly loan, that He may double it for him and his may be a rich reward?”
“Those who spend [in Allah’s Cause – deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers)”
“And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good – those will have the good consequence of [this] home.”
- The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith: 5037).
- The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah’s reward it is regarded as Sadaqah for him.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith: 263).
- The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “And save yourselves from the hellfire even if it is with the piece of date.”(Sahih Al-Bukhari: 1417)
4 Sunnah of giving Sadaqah
- Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) fed the Poor: He is not a Muslim whose stomach is full while his neighbor goes hungry. (Muslim)
- He gave water to the needy: The best form of charity is to give someone water (to drink). (Ibn Majah)
- He helped orphans: Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer. (Muslim)
- The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) took care of widows: The person who assists and takes care of the widow is like the person who is striving in the path of Allah. (Bukhari; Muslim)
Sadaqah is not only linked with money. We often think that taking out money from our earnings are Sadaqah, but there are many ways you can do it! Read: History and Importance of Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) First Visit to Taif
Another type of Sadaqah
According to Sahih Al-Bukhari, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
- Greeting with a Smile: To smile in the company of your brother is charity.
- Every act of goodness: To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity.
- Guiding someone to the right path: To guide a person in a place where he cannot get astray is charity.
- Removing harmful object: To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity.
- Pouring water for fellow beings: To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity.
- Helping a human being: To guide a person with defective vision is a charity for you. Read more: Maymunah (رضي الله عنها) Wife of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and the One Who Devoted Herself for Islam
Benefits of giving Sadaqah
- Best Investment with Allah (SWT): As Sadaqah is being stored as giving a loan to him, who will surely multiply the effect of this credit given to him by many folds.
- A source of forgiveness of sins: As the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) says, “Charity extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes the fire” (Tirmidhi).
- Protection from tragedies: As Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Give the Sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi)
- The ultimate source of attaining the pleasure of Allah.“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) Recommended: The rise of halal cosmetics
Example of Charity in Saudi Arabia
As most of the citizens and expatriates living in Saudi Arabia know about Al Baik. Al-Baik the local fast-food is on fifth in the ranking, ahead of Samsung, Youtube, and Google. The secret of their success is giving Sadaqah of 2 riyals on each sale.
It’s good to start your day by giving Sadaqah