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Charity in Ramadan:

Charity is a noble deed and has great significance when given in the blessed month of Ramadan.  The believers seek to give more at this time of the year as righteous deeds are multiplied in the holy month. Ramadan is a time of special virtue. When giving charity is combined with fasting, its virtue increases manifold.

According to hadith, the Prophet SAW used to increase significantly in acts of charity in Ramadan. A companion equated the Prophet’s generosity in this month to strong winds. In a narration, Ibn Abbas said:

“The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was the most generous of people, and he was at his most generous in Ramadan.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari 6]

Importance of Giving Charity in Islam:

Muslims are highly encouraged to give in charity. It is a believer’s duty to spend from what Allah SWT has blessed him with and remember the less fortunate around him. Allah says in the Quran:

“O you who believe! Spend of that with which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. And it is the disbelievers who are the wrongdoers” [al-Baqarah 2:254]

In a hadith, it was narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet SAW said:

“There is no day on which the people get up, but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allah, destroy the one who withholds.’”  [Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1374; Muslim, 1010]

What is Sadaqah:

Sadaqah is derived from the root word Sidq which means sincerity. Paying Sadaqah donations in devotion to Allah SWT is a sign of sincerity of faith. Giving Sadaqah means worshipping Allah by giving money without that being made obligatory in Islam. Sadaqah is a voluntary donation given only for the sake of pleasure of Allah SWT. It acts as the shield of the believers against calamity and averts misfortune.

In a narration, Prophet Muhammad SAW said:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” [Tirmidhi, Hadith 589]

Sadaqah can be given on behalf of someone. If the charity is ongoing that will continue after someone’s death, it is called continued charity or Sadaqah Jariyah. This can be done on behalf of others, particularly loved ones or deceased parents. The Prophet SAW said:

“When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous son who will pray for him.” [Narrated by Muslim 1631]

 Sadaqah Jariyah is a matter of immense reward; and because of the nature of continuity, it keeps on accumulating good deeds for the person in whose name it is given. You can donate to sponsor an orphan or an orphaned family or even towards one of UKIM’s water projects.

What is Zakat:

Zakat is an Arabic word which means growth, blessing and purification. Zakah means worshipping Allah by giving what has been prescribed to those entitled according to the guidelines of the faith.

It is one of the five pillars of Islam and has specific requirements. It must be given once a year, on 2.5% of wealth, given to specific people and cannot be given on behalf of anyone, unless one is appointed to do so.

Difference Between Zakat and Sadaqah:

Sadaqah is a voluntary donation which is not subject to any conditions. It can be done any time of the year, be of any amount and given to anyone. it is not obligatory on any kind of wealth, rather it is what a person can afford to give, without any restrictions or regulations.

However, Zakah is enjoined in Islam on wealth of certain types, including gold, silver, crops and money exceeding the minimum threshold of nisab. It becomes compulsory after a person has been in possession of his wealth for the whole Hijri year. Zakat is a specific portion of one’s wealth, namely 2.5 percent of one’s riches.

Failing to pay Zakat is a great sin, particularly if it is withheld on purpose. Donate your Zakat and Sadaqah to UKIM and help the most vulnerable this Ramadan.

The Role of Charity During Ramadan:

Ramadan is a great time for the believers. It gives them a great opportunity to do good and help alleviate poverty around them. Given that a large percentage of population in Muslim countries is living in deprivation, it becomes even more important to donate in Ramadan and feed the fasting in the glorious month.

The Messenger of Allah SAW said: “Whoever gives iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.” [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807]

Your generosity can provide support to the orphans, widows and madrassah children around the world. Donations in the last ten days are even more important when mosques provide accommodation to those performing Itikaf. Continue your support and participate in these noble acts this Ramadan.

It is particularly important to remember those going through severe hunger, war or disaster and help UKIM deliver the necessities to the areas of desperate need. The best charity is the one done at the time of a great need and deserves greater reward in this world and the hereafter. Donate generously to UKIM’s Ramadan appeals and reserve your reward today.

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