Sadaqah Is About Love For God

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.”

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.”

A man came and asked the Sheikh, “Can I makeĀ 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?

There is a story of a man who said that he would give something in charity. He went out with his object of charity and unknowingly gave it to a thief. Next morning the people said that he had given his object of charity to a thief. (On hearing that) he said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. I will give alms again.” And so he again went out with his alms and (unknowingly) gave it to an adulteress. Next morning the people said that he had given his alms to an adulteress last night. The man said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. (I gave my alms) to an adulteress. I will give alms again.” So he went out with his alms again and (unknowingly) gave it to a rich person. (The people) next morning said that he had given his alms to a wealthy person. He said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. (I had given alms) to a thief, to an adulteress and to a wealthy man.” Then someone came and said to him, “The alms which you gave to the thief, might make him abstain from stealing, and that given to the adulteress might make her abstain from illegal sexual intercourse (adultery), and that given to the wealthy man might make him take a lesson from it and spend his wealth which Allah has given him, in Allah’s cause.”