Sadaqah is about Love for Allah

Sadaqah (sadaqa, saddka, sedekah) is an Islamic term that means voluntary charity for the cause of Allah. This concept encompasses any act of giving out of compassion, love, friendship and generosity. Sadaqah should be given solely out of love for God, out of the desire to do good to His creation. Giving sadaqah will not diminish a Muslim's wealth. It serves as a sign of gratitude to Allah and yields rewards in the next life. Allah says: "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." (Al-Hadeed 57:18).

 

Abu Musa narrated that the Prophet said, “Every Muslim has to give in sadaqah” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked, “If he cannot do even that?” He replied, “Then he should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform all that is good and keep away from all that is evil and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” (Bukhari Vol. 2, Hadith 524) .

 

The more we give sadaqah the more we will increase our iman and thus, expect Allah’s rewards both in this world and in the life hereafter.  Sadaqah is not restricted to giving part of our wealth or material possessions or any special deed of righteousness. Islam considers all good deeds as sadaqah that increase our iman. Mu‘aadh bin Jabal (r.a.) related from the Prophet (s.a.w) “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).

 

A man came and asked the Sheikh, "Can I make sadaqah with the intention of getting more money in return?" The Sheikh replied by saying that one can make the intention of getting reward in this world or in the Hereafter when giving out sadaqah. Soon afterward, the man gave the Sheikh an envelop with a pile of hundred dollars in it. The Sheikh asked the man, "Does this have anything to do with the question you asked about Sadaqah the other day?" The man replied, "Whenever my business was going downhill, the more I gave away the quicker my business returned." Indeed, Allah treat us the same way we treat our bank accounts. When we give generously without counting, Allah also gives us generously without counting. If we constantly count to the pennies, Allah does the same to us. A true Muslim genuinely believes that Allah is the creator of the Heaven and the Earth, then why do we have to have any doubts on Allah's words? -- Adapted from shaikh speech.

 

Sadaqah Jariyah or ongoing charity is an excellent investment of good deeds that will keep flowing like a stream of river after we die. Abu Hurairah has reported the messenger of Allah as saying, Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.”

 

Sadaqah Jariyah is the term for continuous or ceaseless charity. After one dies, the hasanat (good deeds) will continue adding for charities he has done before death. That result in this continuation. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah said, "He who calls others to follow the right guidance will have a reward equal to the reward of those who follow him, without their reward being diminished in any respect of that account".

Some examples of Sadaqah Jariyah are:
- Building a mosque
- Planting a tree
- Building a school
- Writing a book, article, recording a lecture about Islamic topics etc
- Teaching someone beneficial knowledge, a hadith, duaa/doa, or Quran
The smartest Sadaqah Jariyah is probably helping someone be guided to Islam. They will always pray, and worship Allah swt, and InshaAllah have Muslim children who will have children, etc till the Day of Judgement - a whole generation of Muslims and you will get EQUAL hasanat to everything they do.

These are just a few examples. Think of different ways to do something that will continue forever after your death till the Day of Judgement InshaAllah. May Allah swt gather us in the Firdaws Al-A'la with the Prophets and the Martyrs. - Sheikh Suleiman.

 

“There is charity due upon every joint of the human body; every day on which the sun rises there is a reward of charity for the one who establishes justice among people.” (Sahih Bukhari).

 

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