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Unbelievable Benefits of Sadaqah



Sadaqah is a charity given voluntarily in order to please Allah. In Arabic, Sadaqah directly translates to ‘righteousness’ and originates from the root word ‘sidq’, which means sincerity. This essence implies that Sadaqah represents not only the sincerity of faith but also embodies righteous behavior, fostering a healthy and balanced society.

Read ou other blog Islamic Charity: Sadaqah, Zakat, and More.

The term used to describe an act of kindness given without expecting anything in return is Sadaqah. It can be as simple as sharing a smile with a stranger or offering information to someone seeking answers. Or it can involve more extended support, such as giving money to a homeless person on the street or dedicating time to help a friend or family member in need.

The reward of Sadaqah in the Quran

Allah Almighty Says:

Quranic Ayat about Sadaqah
They ask you, [O Muḥammad], what they should spend. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveller. And whatever you do of good – indeed, Allāh knows of it.” [Surah Baqarah Ayat 215]

Hadith on Sadaqah

Narrated Haritha bin Wahab:

I heard the Prophet (SAW) saying, “O people! Give in charity as a time will come upon you when a person will wander about with his object of charity and will not find anybody to accept it, and one (who will be requested to take it) will say, “If you had brought it yesterday, would have taken it, but today I am not in need of it.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1411]

Narrated `Adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet (SAW) saying:

“Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1417]

If you want to learn more about Sadaqah Jariyah read our other article: Acts of Sadaqah Jariyah in Islam.

Types of Sadaqah

There are several types and benefits of Sadaqah:

Sadaqah al-Fitr

This is a mandatory act of charity that must be given before the Eid prayers at the end of Ramadan. Individuals typically give it as food or money, aiming to purify the fast and provide for those in need.

Sadaqah al-Mal

This is a form of charity from one’s wealth, such as giving money or valuable possessions to those in need.

Sadaqah al-Ilm

This refers to the act of sharing knowledge or teaching others. It can include activities such as teaching others how to read or write.

Sadaqah through Time

Donating time and effort to help others, volunteering, or providing services for free are all forms of Sadaqah through one’s time.

Sadaqah through Dua (Supplication)

Praying for someone’s well-being, success, or relief from hardship is also seen as a form of Sadaqah.

Read About the Importance of Dua in Islam

What are the Goals of Sadaqah?

The goals of Sadaqah can vary depending on individual intentions and the specific type of Sadaqah being given. Here are some common goals:

  • Giving Sadaqah is about doing something good to make Allah happy and blessing Him.
  • Sadaqah helps purify one’s wealth. It’s like cleaning it from selfishness and being more willing to share.
  • Sadaqah aims to alleviate poverty and aid those who are less fortunate.
  • Sadaqah also serves as a means to achieve social welfare and community development.
  • Believers attribute immense spiritual rewards to the act of giving Sadaqah.

How to give Sadaqah

To give Sadaqah, you can follow this step;


In giving Sadaqah, intended solely for the pleasure of Allah and to seek His pleasure.

For more information, visit our blog Importance of Making Sincre Intention.

Choose a Type of Sadaqah

There are various types of Sadaqah, including giving money, donating goods, volunteering your time, or offering your skills. Decide which kind you would like to give based on your means and the needs of those you want to help.

Identify Recipients

Determine the individuals or organizations that are most deserving of the Sadaqah. This can include people with low incomes, orphans, older people, refugees, and others in need.

Give in Secret

It is generally recommended to give Sadaqah privately without seeking recognition or praise. This ensures the sincerity of your intention and preserves the dignity of the recipients.

Follow Islamic Guidelines

When giving money as Sadaqah, giving at least 2.5% of your yearly savings as Zakat is a required form of Sadaqah for eligible Muslims. Apart from Zakat, you can also provide extra voluntary Sadaqah.

Benefits of Sadaqah

 Allah promises great rewards for those who give Sadaqah sincerely and with a good heart. Several verses highlight the spiritual and worldly benefits of Sadaqah, such as:

Increase in Wealth

Allah promises to increase the wealth of those who give charity:

The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies the reward even more to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing. (Surah Baqarah verse 261)

Protection from Calamities

Sadaqah is believed to protect a person from calamities and misfortunes:

Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity, followed by injury. And Allah is Self-Sufficient, Most Forbearing. [Surah Baqarah verse 263]

Blessings and Happiness

Blessings and happiness are associated with charity in this world and the hereafter.

Sadaqah is an Investment in this Life and the Hereafter

We invest in this life and the next in sha Allah by giving Sadaqah regularly.

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. [Surah Hadid Ayat 18]

Difference between Zakat and Sadaqah

Islam allows individuals to voluntarily donate to charity at any time and in any amount through Sadaqah. It’s often an expression of gratitude, purity, or generosity.

On the other hand, Zakat is a fundamental part of Islam, one of the Five Pillars, and it means “that which purifies.” It’s a compulsory donation that comes with specific expectations and rules. By Islamic principles, individuals must contribute Zakat at a rate of 2.5% of their wealth after one year, directing these funds to specific categories of people in need.


In conclusion, Sadaqah is a powerful act of charity and generosity in Islam. It is a means of seeking Allah’s pleasure, purifying our wealth, and helping those in need. Sadaqah can take various forms, including giving money, donating goods, volunteering time, or offering skills. When giving Sadaqah, it is essential to have a sincere intention, choose deserving recipients, give secretly, and be mindful of timing. By following these steps and adhering to Islamic guidelines, we can positively impact the lives of others and fulfill our duty to help those in need.






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Muhammad Haseeb A.
7 months ago

Very helpful. MashaAllah.


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