The Islamic economic model encourages its followers to remain cognizant of the basic values that essentially define humanity. While Zakat is an obligation that every Muslim with means must fulfill, there are other ways in which Muslims help their fellow Muslims as well. In today’s discussion, we are going to talk about one such way which is more than just financial aid. We are talking about sadaqah, the voluntary act of charity that is performed to seek Allah’s mercy and beneficence. We answer questions about its purpose, types, and how Sadaqah can be paid in detail in this discussion. You are going to learn so much if you read this article about sadaqah in 2021 till the very end!
Sadaqah in Islam
We have already defined sadaqah in the opening lines of this article. However, there is something that you must know about sadaqah along with its definition, at the very beginning of this article. If sadaqah is performed without any sincerity in it, then the righteousness of this voluntary act amounts to zero. Arrogance and pride are toxic to this voluntary act of charity. So, if you are planning on helping someone through sadaqah, then make sure that you are doing with every ounce of sincerity that you can muster. Sadaqah itself means truth. So, mixing it with impure feelings like doubt or pride can ruin all the good work and one doesn’t even know it more often than not!
Sayings of Prophet (PBUH)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Charity extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire” Tirmidhi
Sadaqah is an act of compassion that can simply make up for any shortcomings a Muslim might have. Many Quranic injunctions make it clear that voluntary charity is one of the things that Muslims should adopt as a habit. Wealthy Muslims followed these instructions and supported their underprivileged brothers in the early times of Islam. Narrated by Abu Huraira (RA), the Prophet (PBUH) said:
When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased). (Sahih Muslim)
Types of sadaqah
Like we mentioned earlier as well, there is more than one type of sadaqah. In the following lines of this subsection of the discussion, we are going to talk about these types briefly.
1-Making a prayer for those who are going through troubled times is one way of making a sadaqah.
2-Teaching someone something that you are a master of, also amounts to the category of sadaqah.
3-You might be amazed by the wonders of a simple smile. Do smile and spread some joy, humanity needs that badly!
4-Forgiveness is also a form of sadaqah. The fickle nature of life suggests that forgiving each other is the way to spend the remainder of the days we have left here.
5-And of course, there is the financial sadaqah, the type that is needed the most currently, given the havoc that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked all across the world.
Why monetary sadaqah is needed in 2021
These are tough times, the pandemic is still putting on a good fight even though there is a vaccine rolled out against it. While one should be optimistic about the fact that millions of lives can be saved now courtesy of the vaccine, one must also remain cognizant of the financial plight that the pandemic has plunged humanity into. Millions all over the world need our help desperately. And with Ramadan in sight, zakat has started to play its role already. But this wildfire of the financial crisis that the pandemic has lit needs countering from all angles possible. And one of the ways in which we can reach out to those who need our help is by doubling our sadaqah donations and charity. Seek those who need your help, they are not far away from you!
Give sadaqah in 2021 through Transparent Hands
On the other hand, if you have a busy life that doesn’t allow you to search for eligible sadaqah candidates, you can donate your sadaqah to a charity that you trust or is well-reputed. If you are interested in funding someone’s healthcare expenses, one organization that you might like to know more about is Transparent Hands, Pakistan’s biggest crowdfunding platform. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients.
How Transparent Hands manage your sadaqah? Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely. So, if you donate your donation to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Think about it, so many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic can’t afford their health expenses right now. Transparent Hands manages your zakat to help these distressed souls! Sounds like an ideal place to donate your sadaqah in 2021!
We wish we could cover a few more subtopics associated with sadaqah, but unfortunately, the limitations of time and space force us to conclude this discussion here. Nevertheless, there was plenty on offer to learn from, and if you did not let your attention wander away, you must be feeling a lot better familiarized with the concept of sadaqah than you were at the start of this discussion. If you are motivated to help others through sadaqah, you must keep in mind, the bit about sincerity. Otherwise, it will be nothing more than a wasted effort! And with that advice, we bid you farewell from this discussion!