This is a general term for all charities besides the Farz, Zakah. All acts of worship through financial expenditure are, by broader definition, classified as Sadaqah. Due to there being many types, they have been divided into the following two categories, both of which have separate rulings:
This is Charity that is binding in nature. This includes Sadaqah al-Fitr, etc. This form of Sadaqah is similar to Zakah in that it must be spent on the same categories as defined by the Qur’an, except that it is not a condition for the beneficiary to be Muslim.
Udhiyyah, Dam and Badanah
This is Charity that is not binding in nature but is optional. This type includes alms given for the removal of difficulties, philanthropic (to give out of mercy to the less fortunate), the general giving of any Halal item to anyone, etc. This type does not need to be spent on the specified categories to be rewarding, nor does it have to be spent on Muslims, although if spent on poor Muslims, it would be more rewarding. This can also be bequeathed in one’s Will (in which case it would be only up to a third of the deceased person’s entire estate).
Sadaqah for the upliftment of difficulties
Sadaqah for the expiation of sins
Charity above the amount of Zakah and Sadaqah Wajibah
We are involved in many projects, which include providing housing, water, food, and education to rural villages in India, Africa, and Palestine.
We greatly rely on donations to help these underprivileged people. Your donations will go a long way to assisting them to lead better lives. To join our cause