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What do money, a good word, and removing something

harmful from the road have in common?

Even a smile or a kind word is considered charity.


Giving Charity is such an important part of Islam that even the Arabic word Tasaddaqa (to give charity) comes from the root Sadaqa meaning to speak the truth, to be sincere. Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is different from

Zakah: The compulsory alms that are collected every year. 



A Muslim shows his sincerity of faith and attains piety by being generous: 

[Ye will not attain unto piety until ye spend of that which ye love. And whatsoever ye spend, Allah is aware thereof.]

(Aal `Imran 3:92) 




There are dozens of verses in the Quran

in which Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)

tells Muslims to give in charity.


Sometimes this charity is in expiation for a wrongdoing,

and other times it is an acknowledgment

that everything one "owns" is in fact a trust from

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala,


and that anything spent in the way of

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala will be paid back

in full and multiplied on the Day of Judgment.


In fact, the Quran in places calls this spending "A beautiful loan." 




Muslims are enjoined to give charity

without reproach to the recipient.

It is also better for them to give

secretly rather than openly,

so that their intention is entirely to

gain the pleasure of Allah and

not to gain the admiration of people. 

[A kind word with forgiveness is better

than alms giving followed by injury.

Allah is Absolute, Clement.

O ye who believe!

Render not vain your alms giving

by reproach and injury,

like him who spendeth his wealth only

to be seen of men and believeth

not in Allah and the Last Day.]

(Al-Baqarah 2:263 -264)




It is easy to give money as charity when one is wealthy, but the best charity is given when one fears poverty, for one must then sincerely trust in Allah's reward. 

When the Prophet Muhammad

(Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Sallam)

was asked:

which charity is best,


he replied,

"That you should give charity (in a state when you are) healthy,

closefisted, haunted by the fear of poverty

and hoping to become rich

(charity in such a state of health and mind is the best).

And you must not defer (charity to such a length)

that you are about to die


and would be saying:

This is for so and so,

and this is for so and so.

Lo, it has already come into

(the possession of so and so)."


Even the money that a person spends on his family

counts as charity if his intention is for Allah.


The Prophet (Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

"When a Muslim spends on his family

seeking reward for it from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala,

it counts for him as charity."

( Muslim) 

There is reward in good deeds done with

no expectation of remuneration in this life 

And a woman may give charity

of her husband's earnings.




Aishah (Radi Allahu anha),

the wife of the Prophet (Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Sallam)

reported that


He said,

"When a woman gives in charity some of the food

in her house, without causing any damage,

there is reward for her for whatever she has given,

and a reward for her husband for what he earned.

The same applies to the trustee.

In no respect does the one diminish

the reward of the other."





In fact, Prophet Muhammad

(Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Sallam)

told his followers


that sadaqah (voluntary charity) is incumbent

upon them every single day.





But this sadaqah can take many forms: 

"There is a (compulsory) sadaqah (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) everyday the sun rises.

To judge justly between two persons is regarded as sadaqah;

and to help a man concerning his riding animal,

by helping him to mount it or by lifting his

luggage on to it, is also regarded as sadaqah;

and (saying) a good word is also sadaqah;


and every step taken on one's way to offer

the compulsory prayer (in the mosque)

is also sadaqah;


and to remove a harmful thing

from the way is also sadaqah."


Thus, even those who have little or

no extra money can give charity.


For them, there is still reward in good

deeds done for the pleasure of

Allah with no expectation of remuneration in this life.

Elsewhere, the Prophet told even more

ways that Muslims can give charity. 



The Prophet (Sallal Laahu Ta'ala Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

"Giving charity is obligatory upon each Muslim."


It was asked,

"What do you say of him who does

not find (the means) to do so?"


He said,

 "Let him do manual work,

thus doing benefit to himself and give charity."


It was asked,

"What about one who does not

have (the means) to do so?"


He said,

"Then let him assist the needy,

the aggrieved."


It was asked,

"What do you say of one

who cannot even do this?"


He said,

"Then he should enjoin

what is reputable or what is good."


He asked,

"What if he cannot do that?"


He (the Prophet) said,

"He should then abstain from evil,

for verily that is charity on his behalf."





Muslims are also encouraged to establish

an ongoing charity whose rewards

they will continue to reap after their deaths.





\This can be knowledge that is

passed on in a book or other form,

fruit trees from which the poor

may eat, or an endowment. 

Thus sadaqah, in whatever form, should

be a part of the Muslim's daily life.





Such charity strengthens the Muslim's piety,

turns his intentions to his Creator,

and spreads wealth and goodwill

among the community. 


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