Sadqah refers to giving charity voluntarily. It means giving something to someone without expecting any reward other than pleasing the Almighty.
It is not mandatory for Muslims to give Sadqah, but it is the righteous duty of all Muslims to make a positive difference in the world. Note that Sadqah doesn’t just involve handing out Ramadan donation or helping the poor, as well as needy, even the simplest of acts such as smiling at someone, removing rocks or thorns from the path, guiding someone on the right way and forgiving people for their mistakes, are also Sadqah.
Following are the four types of Sadqah that every Muslims needs to practice in order to ensure that we promote collective good and help those in need:
Feed the Poor
There’s just something about sustenance that allows it to enable those who have it to lead a good life and those that don’t have it to suffer. You surely would have felt the pangs of hunger in Ramadan when you are fasting, haven’t you? Plus, you would have experienced how one’s emotional and physical well being is adversely affected if we refrain from food for a long time.
Now imagine the conditions of those who have to fight for bits and pieces of food and remain hungry for considerable periods throughout the year. How much pain do they have to go through because of the circumstances that are beyond their control?
By feeding the hungry, you can not only immensely benefit yourself from the rewards that Allah will shower upon you but also aid those who truly are in need. Such is the importance of feeding the ones in need that Prophet (PBUH) said: “He is not a Muslim whose stomach is full while his neighbour goes hungry.” (Muslim)
Give water to the needy
Water is integral, and without it, life cannot sustain. This is precisely why Prophet (PBUH) said: “The best form of charity is to give someone water.” (Ibn Majah)
All of us not only need water for nourishment but also to clean as well as refresh our body and soul. The reality is that there are millions of people around the globe and even in our societies that do not have access to clean drinking water. Therefore, it becomes the duty of those that have the luxury of water and can afford to provide water to help out the ones in need. Note that giving water to human beings as well as to animals and plants is considered Sadqah. Afterall, they are also the creation of Allah who need water to stay alive. So, next time around, don’t even think twice before providing safe and clean water to others.
Help out Orphans
Children are our future. They are the ones who are going to carry our legacy as we did of our ancestors. Hence, they must be encouraged and nurtured so that they can find their unique path to success in life. Remember that children, especially when they are really young are quite susceptible. It is their surroundings and the people around them that shape them and help them develop skills, attributes, and even their attitude that in turn set them up for life.
While parents are solely responsible for their children and they are the ones who take care of all their needs, there are numerous children out there who don’t have the luxury of parental support.
Who should take care of the children who don’t have their parents to look after them, provide for them, groom them, and make them respectable members of the society? Don’t orphans too deserve the benefits that all children who have their parents get?
The points is that Orphans really need our help. Hence, these children should be considered the responsibility of the entire society, and we must all protect them and raise them like we would raise our own children. As Prophet (PBUH) said: “Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer.” (Muslim)
Extend a helping hand to widows
It is not a hidden fact that life can be extremely cruel without one’s partner, primarily when one depends on her partner for financial as well as moral support. Such is the case of most Muslim widows. Once their husbands pass away, they are left alone to suffer both emotionally and financially. With no where to turn to for help, widows
Therefore, if the Muslim Ummah can come together to support widows either by giving handouts or helping train them to get in the job market and even by employing them, then such acts will be greatly rewarded by the Almighty.
Plus, it is not a hidden fact that women bring a diverse skillset and attitude into the workplace that can really come in handy for companies. All that needs to be done is give the widows a chance to prove themselves and the entire community will benefit as a result.
Sadqah has been given immense importance in Islam so much so that both Allah and Prophet (PBUH) have encouraged it. By giving Sadqah one can not only help promote equality and ensure social welfare but also purify one’s soul and get closer to Allah. What’s even better is that Allah generously rewards all good deeds, which are a foolproof method of attaining His blessings as well as mercy.
It must be pointed out that not everyone is privileged enough and in the worldwide Muslim community, which includes over a billion individuals, many are oppressed and stuck in circumstances that are beyond their control. This is where answering Zakat appeal and generously giving Sadqah comes into the picture. Hence, all Muslims should give Sadqah and act as a beacon of light for as many people as they possibly can. Even a small good deed can make the day of someone or solve someone’s problem. So, don’t think of any good act as small and meaningless. Just go ahead and help others as Allah will in turn help you.