Sadaqah and zakat?
Both Sadaqah and Zakat convey the same message. The difference between the two is, zakat is obligatory and the third key pillar to being a Muslim. They fall under the act of giving, and they both carry great rewards. Zakat is paid once a year at a fixed amount and Sadaqah is voluntary for you anytime and in anyway.
Narrated by Abu Hurairah (AS) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’” According to some hadiths, it is narrated that a simple smile and a kind word can be considered as Sadaqah. Another one is, the passing of knowledge for the sake of Allah. It’s also narrated that the Prophet SAW said “Sadaqah removes seventy gates of evil”.