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Sadaqah, voluntary charity is different from zakah (almsgiving).

When zakah is limited to a certain amount
of money, food source and other things, sadaqah can be in any form. Sadaqah can be given to anyone,
young or old, rich or poor. Though it is not obligatory in Islam, this act is highly appreciated and praised
by Rasulullah SAW.
Remember, it is not the amount of the money or thing that we give, but it's about helping our brothers! The
smallest acts can help people in the most unpredictable ways. Only Allah knows our niyyah (intention)
when we give sadaqah. There are many verses in Quran that talk about the wealth which we spend in
the name of ALLAH on the poor. ALLAH swt has said in Quran;

Al-Quran 2:261

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allaah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows
seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allaah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allaah is All-
Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. . “

Al-Quran 2:245

“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who
withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned. “

Sadaqah can be done secretly, without others knowing. However, if it encourages other people to give sadaqah as
well, we can also do sadaqah loudly, by telling others. The former is much more appreciated because getting praises
and feeling pride in ourselves can ruin our good deeds. In other words, we should control our feelings as not to be
proud over the sadaqah that we give.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there
will be no shade except His." And among them one is a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his
left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity.

Hakim ibn Hizam narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The upper hand is better than the lower hand, (i.e., he
who gives charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents. And the best
object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money which is left after his
expenses.) And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allah will give him and save
him from asking others, Allah will make him self-sufficient.” (Bukhari)

Let's not be thrifty. Allah never counts His bessings over us, so why should we count the things that we give in
Allah's name? Sadaqah is not only limited to money. There are lots of ways we can give sadaqah.

1).Donate one's money

2) Recitation of Tasbih (Subhan Allah), Tahmid (Al-hamdu lillah), Takbir (Allahu Akbar), Tahlil (La
ilaha illallah) every morning,
3) Enjoin Good and forbid wrong/ unlawful.

4) Restrain yourself from doing wrong to people.
5) Perform two Rak`ah prayer at any time between sunrise and sunset.
6) Intimate relationship of husband & wife.
7) Administer justice between two person
8) Assisting someone/needy/aggreived
9) Speak good &/or kind word;
10) Every good deed
11) Every step that you take (towards the mosque) for Salat (prayer)
12) Removing harmful things from the road
13) Plant a tree, whatever is eaten/stolen/substracted by anyone (men and beasts and birds is
charity for the one who planted it.
and even giving half a date!