Significance and benefits of Sadaqah

Monday, October 7, 2019 / 0 Comment(s)

Sadaqah can be defined as a charitable act that is voluntary and is done with another person. There is a great significance and benefits of Sadaqa. Muslims seek the pleasure of Allah by giving this voluntary charity.

Meaning of Sadqah:

Sadqah in its literal sense means, “righteousness” and giving charity or alms voluntarily. In Islamic terminology, Sadqah means giving something to someone with the intention to please Allah (SWT) and without asking something as an alternative in return. Sadqah is given for the sake of Allah which helps the needy or poor. However, it’s not important that Sadqah should be only money or anything with physical existence. Other things like even smile can be Sadqah. The Holy Prophet (SAWW) said, “To smile in the company of your brother is charity…” (Bukhari)

Significance of Sadaqah:

There is a great importance of Sadqah in Islam and its significance can be known by the following points;

  • “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.” (Quran, 13:22)

In the above mentioned translation of verse of the Quran, there is a mention of spending from what Allah has provided us.

  • It was narrated by Abu Musa (RA) that the Holy Prophet (SAWW) said, ““Every Muslim has to give in Sadaqah (charity).” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (SAWW)! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) 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 (SAWW) replied, “Then he should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He (SAWW) 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)

In the above mentioned hadith, Holy Prophet (SAWW) stated about Sadqah that further shows its importance.

  • “…To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)

It is also charity to show the way to a person who is blind which shows the significance of Sadqah.

Benefits of Sadqah:

Reward of spending wealth in the way of Allah:

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Quran, 2:261)

Shade of believer on the Day of Judgement:

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Tirmidhi)

Being saved from calamity:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi)

Thus, Sadaqah introduces goodwill in society among individuals when one person gives another person monetarily help or shows other kind acts towards others like smiling or showing a way to the blind person. Hence, the effects of Sadqah in a society are very positive which also shows its importance and benefits.


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