Quite often many people equate giving of Sadaqa to just another act of charity. However, Sadaqa has a wider meaning as explained in the following hadith.
Hadhrat Musa Ashari (Radiyallahu ‘Anhu) reports to have heard Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “Sadaqa is compulsory on every Muslim. The Sahaba (Radiyallahu ‘Anhum) said, O Rasulullah! What if a person has nothing to offer?
Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “He should earn through his hands then he will benefit himself and also give sadaqa.” They then enquired what if he is unable to do that also. Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) said: “… and then help a distressed person.” They again asked, what if he is unable to do that too. Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) finally said: “Invite people towards good and discourage them from evil, indeed this is sadaqa.” (Bukhari)
The above hadith is a clear testimony to the fact that a person does not have to be rich or strong in order to give Sadaqa. Insha Allah, if he is able to profitably serve the Ummah by urging people towards good and preventing them from Allah-displeasing acts, then this too will suffice as his Sadaqa.
The virtues associated with assisting, aiding, guiding and supporting humanity at large are numerous. The beauty is that such humanitarian effort is not restricted to Muslims only. As
a matter of fact the ENTIRE creation of Allah Ta’ala (humanity, fauna and flora) are worthy recipients of “humanitarian support”. However, since the Muslim is endowed with Imaan, he is most “honoured” in the court of Allah. Yet another reason for a Muslim enjoying a more preferential position with Allah Ta’ala, is his unshakeable conviction to the Wahdaaniyyat and Oneness.
In short, that is the reason why Sadaqa offered to a Muslim is a worthier means of acquiring the promised great rewards.
Darul Ihsan Centre