10 Benefits and Virtues of Giving Sadaqah in Islam

What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah, or Sadqah, means to voluntarily give to charity just to please Allah. The Holy Quran and hadith of Prophet Muhammed SAW contain so many instructions and commands telling us to spend money in the path of Allah.

The amount of sadaqah one spends can be however little he likes. As long as there is sincerity in the giving, Allah will be pleased and will reward you in return.

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “There are 360 joints and each of them owes sadaqa every single day. Every good word is sadaqa. A man’s helping his brother is sadaqa. A drink of water which he gives is sadaqa. Removing something harmful from the road is sadaqa.”

Adab al-Mufrad

Allah SWT says in the Quran:

ٱلَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱلْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَـٰهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ – وَٱلَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ وَبِٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ – أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ عَلَىٰ هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ

Those who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them, And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful. [Surah Baqarah verses 2-5]

Benefits of Giving Sadaqah (Charity)

  1. Giving sadaqah is a way of expiating your sins
  2. If you give to charity, it will become a shade for you on the day of judgement
  3. Sadaqah is a means of your dua getting accepted quickly
  4. Sadaqah jaariyah (continuous charity) is one of the few ways to continue getting reward after death
  5. Those who give frequently to charity will enter from a special gate in paradise (jannah)
  6. Giving in charity will multiply your wealth and rewards in this world and the hereafter
  7. Charity removes difficulties and hardships
  8. Sadaqah removes illnesses and brings cure
  9. Giving sadaqah averts an evil death
  10. When you give sadqah to family, it builds kinship and enjoins ties

Hadith on giving charity

Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, Enjoining, all that is good is a Sadaqah.

Bukhari

Sulaiman b. ‘Amir reported Nabi SAW as saying,

Sadaqah given to a poor man is just sadaqah, but when given to a relative it serves a double purpose, being both sadaqa and a connecting link.”

[Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Darimi transmitted it.]

Mishkaat al Masabih

Abu Dharr is reported as saying, “Your putting some of the water from your bucket in your brother’s bucket is sadaqah. Your removing stones. thorns and bones from people’s path is sadaqah. Your guiding a man in a place where there are no guides is sadaqah.”

Adab al-Mufrad

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “There is a (compulsory) Sadqah (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah) everyday the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as Sadaqa, and to help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as Sadaqa, and (saying) a good word is also Sadaqa, and every step taken on one’s way to offer the compulsory prayer (in the mosque) is also Sadaqa and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also Sadaqa.”

Bukhari

Jabir and Hudhaifa RA reported God’s messenger SAW as saying, “Every act of kindness is sadaqa.”

Bukhari & Muslim

Anas reported God’s messenger as saying, “Sadaqah appeases the Lord’s anger and averts an evil death.”

Tirmidhi