Allah has created the whole universe and He is only proud of his creation ‘Human’ as He says;
We have certainly created man in the best stature [95:4]
Allah has not just created human beings in the best stature but He also has guided them with the best religion ‘Islam’. Islam taught certain codes of life, following them can lead to righteousness and ultimate a successful life in both worlds. Good deeds are deeply rooted in human nature. One of the reasons behind inner peace is helping humanity by feeding the poor, offering some money to the poor, or even giving a good piece of advice to fellow brothers. All these acts of kindness are the foundation of human existence. Islam momentously emphasizes the significance of doing well to others. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing [2: 158]]
Every act of virtue is considered as Sadaqah in Islam. Sadaqah is an Arabic word derived from sadaq meaning ‘truth’. Its factual connotation is to spend from one
s belongings and capacities in the path of the Almighty. It is the essential constituent of a believers faith through which it strives to find Allah’s pleasure by helping out the poor and others when they are in need. As it has been stated in Quran,
And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good those will have the good consequence of [this] home [13: 22]
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How Sadaqah halts seventy doors of evil, proven from Hadith
Once Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sitting along with his companions. Meanwhile, a Jew (woodcutter) passed from there. He (PBUH) saw him and told his companions that today he will be bitten by a snake and will die. In the evening, the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) were shocked to see him. They straightly went to the prophet and asked him how his prediction got wronged? He (PBUH) called the Jew and asked him to open up the bundle of chopped woods. As soon he opened the bundle a deadly snake came out from it. Then Prophet (PBUH) interrogated from Jew what special act he had done today? To its reply, Jew said I had not done anything special today except for I fed a hungry beggar today. Then Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that the Jew was destined to die today but Allah increased his life because of his act of charity. He further added that charity closes seventy doors of evil and Allah said, ‘He asked Israel to spare one’s life, if he does charity, before the time of his death’ (Bukhari).
Sadaqah eases adversities and eliminates calamities
A Muslim is well aware of the temporariness of this world and believes that Allah tests a person’s faith with hardships and adversities. But giving sadaqah in such circumstances surely alleviates a person’s situation and truly removes hardships from his life. As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, ‘Give the sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity’ (Tirmidhi).
Sadaqah, A trade with Allah
Giving something in the path of Allah purely for His pleasure and not to seek recognition and praise by others is the best trade a person can make in this world and hereafter. ‘Sadaqah removes sins of a person just as water extinguishes fire’ (Tirmidhi). Sadaqah not only removes worldly calamities but also ensures the best investment for the hereafter. Allah rewards the person at least seven hundred times greater than what he has spent in his path. As Quran says,
The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing. [2:261]
Sadaqah, A way to achieve economic stability
Sadaqah Halts Seventy Doors of Evil is not merely a religious virtue but it has a social impact as well. It is the law of nature that resources are not equally distributed among all. Therefore, Allah has set a portion in the wealth of people from which they should donate as responsible human beings to others in the form of charity. This distribution of wealth will eliminate the societal class systems and will up bring balance in society by achieving economic stability.
Sadaqah during COVID’19 pandemic
The global pandemic truly opened our eyes and realized the importance of sadaqah. Many daily wagers became hand to mouth due to lockdown situations. But the way people have helped their fellow beings with sadaqah has restored faith in humanity.
All the aforementioned points highlight the importance of sadaqah, and how it truly uplifts the status of a person in front of Almighty. Therefore we should never restrain ourselves from spending in Allah’s path as it will continue to help us in this life and also in the next.
If a busy lifestyle doesn’t allow you to search for eligible sadaqah candidates, you can donate your sadaqah donation to a trust organization that you can trust. 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 zakat? 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 donations to help these distressed souls!
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