The best charity is to satisfy a hungry person, said Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He also said, "No wealth (of a servant of Allah) is decreased because of charity."
Sadaqah and Zakat both come under the deed of giving
Similarities between Zakat and Sadaqah
Sadaqah and Zakat both come under the deed of giving. However, Zakat is the third pillar of Islam, therefore it is compulsory and should be given annually. There are no major differences between the two when it comes to who and where you give the money to. Zakat is a must if you have savings, businesses and gold or silver.
Zakat and Sadaqah in Qur’an
In the Qur’an Sadaqah and Zakat are quoted in many chapters. We are told the differences between the two, in how to give and when we should give. Between the many types of Sadaqah, they all carry a reward but are given for different reasons. In the Qur’an Zakat is mentioned as a requirement and should be given according to earnings and savings.
You can give many types of Sadaqah
Who deserves Sadaqah?
The people eligible for Sadaqah include anyone in need of the bare necessities. You can give many types of Sadaqah to any individual and any of the groups of people through charity organisations like Al Mustafa trust. You can find more information on questions like what is Sadaqah? on pages throughout our websites.
Benefits of Sadaqah?
Sadaqah can benefit you in many ways, with rewards both in this life and the next. Each Sadaqah action has multiple rewards of its own, and you can expect these in any form through times of hardship. Sadaqah Jariyah on the other hand will benefit you for eternity and will continue to work as a deed even after your death.
Difference between Zakat and Sadaqah
Difference between Zakat and charity
The answer to ‘what is Sadaqah’ is simply ‘charity.’ The idea of charity is, you can give as much or as little as you like anytime of the year. Nonetheless zakat is a compulsory pillar of Islam and if not given, it is considered as a sin. Allah guarantees forgiveness and blessings on those who pay their zakat on time and those who take part in Sadaqah Jariyah.
It’s been narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said that “the best object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money left after their expenses)” Al Bukhari. As a result, you are given many options and ways of giving charity whilst knowing the difference it makes in the less fortunate people’s lives. You can calculate how much zakat you need to pay on our zakat calculator UK at the top of our website.
Any zakat donation you give today will make a difference tomorrow. Insha’allah we can change the world together, and with your generosity we’ve already tackled many aspects of poverty.