Apr 9, 2014

5 Ways to Give Sadaqah [Part 2]

By Amal S

Read Part 1 here


“…Sadaqah will be a proof of one’s faith and commitment to Allah. It is the expiator of our mistakes, and a very small amount can bring unimaginable spiritual and material rewards, both in this life and in the Hereafter. It protects one from the Fire of Hell and extinguishes our sins. It leads to blessings of one’s wealth in this world as well as the best possible investment in the Hereafter, personally managed by the best of advisors, Allah the Almighty, the Most Merciful.”[2]

So let us get started on what we can do insha’Allah.

Ideas with Huge potential reward: 

1. Plant a Tree
You can do some gardening in your backyard if you have one, or you can plant a tree for just £5 at http://treesgivelife.org/

“When a Muslim plants a tree, whatever is eaten from it is charity from him and whatever is stolen is charity and whatever is subtracted from it is charity.” (Muslim) 

2. Gift a mushaf (copy of the Qur’an) to a child, new Muslim, or any Muslim
Simply buying and giving a mushaf of the Qur’an can bring you tremendous reward every time a letter is recited from it.

3. Get friends and family to come together to pitch in for a Sadaqah Jariyah Project 

a. You can leave behind a water pump for people to use for just £150

b. You can have a well built for a village to use for just £450

c. You can have an entire small masjid built in Pakistan for £5,400

‘Whosoever builds a house (masjid) for the pleasure of Allah, whether it be small or large, Allah builds for him a house in Paradise.’ (Tirmidhi) 

4. Teach… the Arabic Alphabet
Either teach your siblings, family/friends, or volunteer at a weekend Islamic school and teach the Arabic alphabet. Insha’Allah you will be rewarded when they recite the Qur’an, read hadith, or study Islam. (A prerequisite is that your pronunciation of Arabic letters is proper.)

Teach… Al-Fatiha and/or How to Pray 
If you know tajweed, then teach a child or new Muslim how to recite Qur’an, Al-Fatiha and/or how to pray. Insha’Allah you will get rewarded for every single prayer they pray.

Embark on the path of learning the Qur’an from a teacher and teaching it 
It will take time to learn tajweed, recite correctly, and memorize. But the rewards for becoming a teacher of the Qur’an are unimaginable. You can embark on this journey here.

Share… beneficial knowledge 
You could share an authentic hadith or teach someone a du’a from the Qur’an or Sunnah. Encourage others to do good – such as feeding the poor or making a habit to pray Duha prayer.  

You could also volunteer at an Islamic school or masjid, helping them with admin or whatever else to keep running is also highly rewardable insha’Allah.

5. Set up a direct debit so that you are automatically and effortlessly giving charity every month. 

Different ideas: 
1. Skipping a vacation abroad, and donating the price of that to charity
For example, instead of going to Florida, you could take a rest at home and donate the cost of flight/hotel (eg. $1,000) to charity. Think of the reward bi’ithnilah…

2. Fast on Mondays and Thursdays (the Sunnah), and give your lunch money to charity 
Double the reward Insha’Allah Ta’ala – fasting + charity

3. Plan a fundraiser with family or friends 
Please keep it halal, many fundraisers start out with pure intention but sometimes free-mixing and music, etc. enter into the picture. We have to recheck our intention if we start something for the sake of Allah and then try to attain His Reward by doing things which displease Him.

If you have a halal fundraiser and raise $300, Allah Ta’ala can multiply that by 700 times! However someone can raise $50,000 at an objectionable fundraiser but perhaps its reward will not be multiplied or even accepted. We ask Allah to accept our deeds and seek refuge with Him from displeasing Him. So raising $300 properly can actually acquire more reward by Allah’s Generosity and Mercy than raising $50,000 improperly.

These are all of course in addition to the obvious acts of charity – feeding one’s family, being kind and helpful, being good to our parents, giving the Islamic greetings, and so on.

Let us choose one or more of the ideas above and do it, bismillah!

O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for Tomorrow - and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Aware with what you do. (59:18) 

[2] Abu Eesa Niamatullah, http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?id=1200&category=12

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