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Q. Why do we need to give Sadaqah?

A. Sadaqah, as a form of voluntary charity in Islam, serves to redistribute resources to address inequality and poverty by supporting essential services like education and healthcare. It embodies Islamic principles of empathy, social cohesion, and shared responsibility, fostering a more equitable society guided by compassion and justice.

Q. What is Sadaqah Jariyah?

A. Sadaqah Jariyah is a continuous, ongoing, flowing charity, which will continue to have a long-term positive impact long after we have passed. We can give Sadaqah on behalf of a deceased loved one or to those in need in your living years, it is one of the most rewarding acts we can do in our lives.

Q. What is the Difference between Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah?

A. While Sadaqah benefits the person who receives it on one occasion, Sadaqah Jariyah continues to benefit the recipient(s) for a long time. For example, giving someone something to eat is a Sadaqah and will benefit that person in that moment whereas donating a water well where people can regularly draw water is a Sadaqah Jariyah.

Q. Who can Give Sadaqah and What are some Examples?

A. Since Sadaqah is a voluntary act of charity, there are no restrictions as to how much or who can give Sadaqah.

With offices in over 30 locations, we have a wide variety of Sadaqah Jariyah projects that you can donate to, including water, healthcare, education, livelihoods, and much more.

Q. What is the Difference Between Sadaqah and Zakat?

A. Sadaqah is a voluntary form of charity that can be given in any amount, at any time of year to whichever cause the donor wishes to give to. However, Zakat is an obligatory act of charity amounting to 2.5% of a Muslim's annual savings above the Nisab level.

While there are no stipulations when giving Sadaqah, there can be several when donating Zakat in terms of who can benefit from the charity.

Q. What is Sadaqah in Islam?

A. In Islam, Sadaqah refers to a voluntary act of charity performed with the sole purpose of pleasing Allah (swt) and without expecting a substitute in return.

In Arabic, the word 'Sadaqah' literally means 'righteousness' and stems from the root word 'sidq' which means sincerity; implying that Sadaqah is the sincerity of faith and a righteous behaviour that leads to a healthy and balanced society.

Q. What are the Benefits of Giving Sadaqah?

A. The Prophet Muhammed (saw) was known to be 'more generous than the blowing wind' [Bukhari].

Sadaqah is given for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah (swt). However, there are a multitude of benefits in giving Sadaqah as we are following the exemplary behaviour of the Prophet (saw) when we do so.

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, ‘When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him’. (Muslim)

For thirty years, you have continued to give your Sadaqah Jariyah with ļֱ and trusted us to facilitate your donations. Whether you gave on behalf of yourself or a loved one, when you gave your Sadaqah you changed the lives of struggling communities for the better.

Your generous Sadaqah donations have built schools in rural villages, built and rehabilitated masjids, and installed a state-of-the-art lighting system in Masjid Al-Aqsa, among many more projects you have helped us implement.

One of the most beautiful things about the Sadaqah Jariyah projects you have given towards is that you have enabled people to help themselves beyond the initial intervention, ensuring that you both reap the benefits for years to come.

From building water wells for poor communities across Africa, to planting olive trees for Palestinian farmers, we are honoured to facilitate your generous Sadaqah Jariyah donations and help you create a beautiful legacy. Your support will transform thousands of lives for generations to come, in sha’ Allah.


Giving Water: The Best Charity

‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”’. [Abu Dawud]

We use water for everything, from washing dishes to cooking food to growing crops. Allah says,‘By means of water, we give life to everything’.(Qur’an, 21:30) Communities who Dz’t have access to clean water face unimaginable hardships; their health, education and livelihoods suffer, trapping each generation in a tragic cycle of poverty.

By giving water, you can make a difference to families in need for generations to come, bringing the entire community back to life. From building a community well to contributing to our Safe Water Fund, we have projects for every budget across Africa, Asia and the Middle East! Having access to safe water is a basic human right and fulfilling this right is an excellent Sadaqah which you should strive to give regularly.


Preserve Our Islamic Heritage

The spiritual and moral teachings of Islam are a gift which allow mankind to flourish.For 30 years, ļֱ have been committed to preserving our Islamic heritage and supporting the religious education of Muslims around the world.

These projects include supporting an Islamic school for converts in Mexico, providing Islamic scholarships to women in Pakistan, maintaining the historic Djenne Masjid in Mali and translating the Qur’an into Spanish.

The Prophet (saw) said,‘By Allah, that Allah guides a man through you is better for you than a herd of expensive red camels’.[Bukhari]

With your help, we aim to continue this task, which was first undertaken by the beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and continued in every age by his followers.

The Islamic Heritage Fund

Major Giving: Choose Your Own Project!

If you want to carry out a bigger project to honour a loved one or simply do something special for those in need, our Major Giving team has a wide range of Sadaqah Jariyah schemes you may be interested in.

Moreover, if you have your own idea for a Sadaqah Jariyah project, we’re happy to provide tailor-made support to turn that idea into reality!

Whether you want to build a hospital, an orphanage, an educational complex, or any other project, our team of qualified architects, civil engineers and project managers will be with you every step of the way to ensure the project is implemented to your plan and budget.

Emailmajorgiving@muslimhands.org.uk to leave behind a beautiful legacy.

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‘Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over?’ (Qur’an, 2:245)

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Established in 1993, ļֱ is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.