Saturday 15 June 2024

Collection of Hadiths attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Sadaqah صدقة / Voluntary Charity

There have always been too many mouths to feed from comparatively far lesser resources and food. It is for this reason that a vast number of people live below the poverty line all over the world. Cognizant of the plight of the poor, the concept of charity exists in Islam, both obligatory (Zakat) and voluntary charity (Sadaqah صدقة) so that those who have resources and wealth in access to their needs should give to the needy and help them live a comfortable life or at least sustain them with bare minimum needs.

Sadaqah literally means "righteousness" and refers to the voluntary giving of alms or charity. In Islamic terminology, Sadaqah has been defined as an act of "giving something... without seeking a substitute in return and with the intention of pleasing Allah.

It is said in Qur'an: "Those who spend their wealth in charity day and night, secretly and openly—their reward is with their Lord, and there will be no fear for them, nor will they grieve." - Qur'an 2:274

The concept of sadaqa in Islam, thus, is comprehensive, covering all acts of kindness, whether financial or non-financial. It plays a crucial role in maintaining social harmony, aiding the needy, and ensuring that wealth circulates within the community. By engaging in sadaqa, Muslims not only help others but also purify their own souls and earn Allah’s blessings and rewards. 

We have already published a number of posts on Charity, based on Divine Directive as mentioned in Qur'an, which can be accessed from our reference page: Importance of Charity in Islam

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ too has emphasised the need of Sadaqah in a number of Hadiths attributed to him. We are taking upon a series of posts based on the subject of Sadaqah and its rewards as mentioned by the revered Prophet ﷺ of Allah. 
We would keep adding more Hadiths in time to emphasise the need to give Sadaqah to help our poor brethren. 
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

For more hadiths on varying subjects, refer to our reference page: Sunnah and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to know more about Hadiths and Sunnah of Prophet of Allah. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.


Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Disclaimer: The material for this post has been collected from the references as given above. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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