Who Can Give Sadaqah?
Sadaqah is a form of voluntary charity that a Muslim can give for those who need support and for the betterment of society. Unlike Zakat, giving Sadaqah is not a religious obligation under Islam. It is, however, highly recommended and one of the most encouraged acts as mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
In Islam, there is no wealth threshold in Islam: anyone who wishes to pay Sadaqah, can do as little or as much as possible. There is no upper or lower limit or fixed categories of people or causes. Islam has created this flexible form of charity to encourage Muslims to help people in need as much as possible.
And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.” (Holy Qur’an 63:10)
There are many benefits of giving Sadaqah to the believer including protection from calamity and repentance for sins. In addition, Sadaqah Jariyah is a specific type of charity where the benefits of Sadaqah and the charitable donation are long-term and from which the donor can earn endless reward.
‘When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him.’ (Muslim)