We always want to help others in need, but sometimes we do not have enough resources. So what can we do to give back to others when we have so little? When it comes to giving sadaqa, a lot of us would relate it with reaching deep into our pockets to the less privileged. In Islam, sadaqa is a virtuous deed which indicates one’s faith.
The Prophet said: “Every good deed is charity” (Bukhari).
We are not limited to giving our wealth. Our religion considers all good deeds that increase our iman. There are many ways we can contribute and give without taking out so much money. It is in the heart, not in the pocket.
1. Visit the sick.
Visiting the sick is a sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). It is our duty to visit our Muslim sisters or brothers in time of illness. Our dua would mean so much to them and this will help enhance the silaturrahim (the bond) amongst ourselves in Islam. We must not underestimate the great reward from Allah.
2. Make something or gather items that you can donate.
If you reach deep into your closets, you will find clothes and shoes that are in condition which can’t fit you anymore. If you have a special hobby or skill, such as knitting, you could knit a blanket and give to those in need, or cook a meal. Gather these items and donate it to the less fortunate, to the ones whose houses burned down, or ruined by flood, or simply do not have the resources to buy new and clean clothes.
3. Make dua.
Make dua for your loved ones, the less privileged , the animals and all the brothers and sisters. Praying for them to be free from hardship, for more wealth. (Insert link about dua to make)
Meeting family, friends, and strangers with a pleasant face is a sunnah as well as a sadaqa. Of course, it is restricted only to people that it is permissible with and not otherwise. Bare in mind that a smile can lead to a lot of fitnah, when dealing with the opposite sex who are not our muhrim, so remember to always be careful about this act of sadaqa and not to taint this sunnah.
5. Give knowledge and advice.
It is a sunnah and considered as sadaqa as well. If you know something that is good and beneficial, teach it to others. Sharing the knowledge that you have, whether it is about the deen or dunya, is certainly an everlasting sadaqa. Whether it is a small tip, tips on how to make your resume, a Do-It-Yourself, simple life hacks, a tutorial, a recipe, or anything beneficial that is worth knowing should be shared. Avoid being stingy with sharing knowledge. It is always better to share it, and not to think that it will make us less. You will be rewarded by Allah and also remembered by the ones you shared it with. They might even make dua for you. Be more willing to benefit the world with your skills and talent for Allah’s sake.
6. Feed the strays.
Keep some food in your car so you are always prepared to feed the hungry animals you see. When you’re driving back home or to anywhere for that matter, you will see hungry cats or dogs walking around, or just drinking some water from the puddles on the roads. Stop by and it takes only a minute of two to feed them.
7. Donate blood.
By donating blood, you get to save lives. Hospitals are always looking for blood donors. There is a great demand of blood each day in most places in the world. Someone out there is undergoing surgery and losing a lot of blood. With your intention to be a lifesaver, it would be hard to see it as anything but a good deed. Allah encourages us to save lives and help others, one way would be through blood donations.
8. Volunteer your time instead of money.
Donating in cash terms is not the only way to give back, help the less fortunate and those who cannot help themselves. Volunteer to centers that are helping the disabled or the less fortunate. When you help someone with their problems, you are helping them and easing them from difficulties.
9. Teach someone to recite the Quran, and let them learn.
Correct their mistakes and keep encouraging them that they can read it. Later, every time they recite the Quran, you will get hasanat (good deed), even after your death. If the person you taught the Quran to teaches another person, every time this person reads the Quran, you will also get hasanat even after you have died, until the end of time.
10. Teach someone to recite Dua and Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah).
Similar to the previous point, when you teach someone, each time it is recited, you will also gain hasanat.
11. Quench someone’s thirst.
Offering a drink to someone is charity. When someone comes to your home, your family, relatives, be the first to offer them a glass of water. Offering water to construction workers who are out in the sun all day can help quench their thirst too.
12. Spending on your family.
From a halal income, spending the money on your family in the form of food, with the intention of seeking Allah’s rewards, is counted as sadaqa. Give each other small gifts, it does not need to be something expensive. Not only are you following the sunnah of gift giving, but also upholding ties of kinship and getting sadaqa points for yourself.
13. Taking care of an orphan.
Not only are we supporting them, but we are taking care of them, feeding them and treating them like our own child. “I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between.” (Bukhari). In other words, walk closely together.
There are countless ways to give charity in Islam, the important thing to remember is that you give with a pure heart and sincerely and therefore, you will get the rewards. Do not give charity for the aim of looking good in front of people, or to receive compliments from others. Give charity with a full heart and all the abilities that you possess. In Shaa Allah, it will be useful not only for you, but also for the ones that receive it. Spread good deeds with charity, and you will see the positive effects in life or the Hereafter.