Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his sadaqah (charity)” [Bukhari & Muslim]
As Muslims we should be constantly looking at how we can give more sadaqah inshaAllah. One of the best forms of charity you can give is sadaqah jarriyah (on-going charity) but one off forms of sadaqah are also a blessing from Allah swt. Sadaqah is not just about money and inshaAllah, this list will help you to give sadaqah all year around!
1. Keep a change jar or change in the car
Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported Allah’s Messenger (saw) as saying: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” [Muslim]
Giving charity does not decrease wealth. Wallahi, I can testify to this. Whatever you give Allah swt will increase the barakah in it either in this world or the next! Keep a change jar and when it gets full, donate it. This is something that you can encourage your children to do as well. It may not seem like a lot to you but in the sight of Allah swt and those who are in need, this small change is a mercy.
2. Give water
The Prophet (saw) said: “The best charity is giving water to drink.” [Ahmad]
Giving water is one of the best forms of charity. Can you imagine waking up in the morning, turning on the tap and there being no water? And then having to walk for miles to find water that wasn’t even clean? SubhanAllah. Our brothers and sisters worldwide are suffering from a shortage of water and inshaAllah we can help. Share the khayr (good) with your family and friends and get together to fundraise to build a well in a country of your choice or where you feel there is the greatest need.
3. Donate to your local food bank
Abdullah ibn Umar (ra) never used to eat a meal without there being an orphan at the table
If you live in the UK, you’ll know that the amount of food banks has skyrocketed after sweeping welfare cuts and widespread poverty. They’re everywhere and Muslims and non-Muslims alike need them to survive from day to day.
Ibn Az-Zubair reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.” [Sunan Al-Kubra 19049]
We may not think it’s a lot but tinned foods, toiletries and other everyday essentials are gravely needed by our neighbours and we can provide them with that. Just think, if you bought extra tubes of toothpaste, soap and a few canned goods and donated them at the end of every month. You’d changing someone’s life who really needs it.
4. Plant a tree
The Prophet (saw) has said: ‘A Muslim does not plant, or sow anything from which a person, animal or anything eats but it is considered as Sadaqah from him.’ [Bukhari]
This could be done in your garden, in a friends garden, in your allotment or overseas but I urge you brothers and sisters, plant a tree! This is some of the best forms of on-going charity that you can give subhanAllah. Olive trees are so cheap to buy subhanAllah and they provide those in need with so many resources, it’s worth considering purchasing one from Muslim Hands. They go from as little as £10. Our brothers and sisters desperately need our help as their lands are being ripped away from them by Israeli occupation or they’re being forced to work in Israeli plantations earning pennies.
And if you don’t want to buy an olive tree, fruit trees are also available inshaAllah.
The Prophet (saw) has said: ‘Your smile for your brother is Sadaqah. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is Sadaqah. Your guidance of a person who is lost is Sadaqah.’ [Bukhari]
I know you’ll all like this one because it’s free! The joy I feel in my heart when I see a sister and she smiles at me, subhanAllah, it truly does spread blessings within the Ummah. A smile can change your whole day!
If Allah swt has put you in the position where you are blessed enough to be able to give sadaqah then give it! You may be fixing someones duniya, but they are securing your akhirah. They’re doing more for you than you ever know subhanAllah.
Mu’aadh bin Jabal (RA) related from the Prophet (SAW) “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” [Ahmad, Tirmidhi]