Goodness is the most important of all virtues because without goodness, all other virtues would not make much of sense, it is their primary cause and ultimate purpose. Goodness is engrained in the human nature; it is a fulfilling sense of satisfaction through doing good deeds towards our surroundings. The religion of Islam emphasizes on the importance of doing good and calls it by the name Sadaqah (The word Sadaqah derives from the Arabic root word “Sidq” which translates to “Truth”). Allah SWT says in the holy Quran “…. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing.” [Quran, 2: 158]] Sadaqah (Charity) in Islam is every righteous deed that aims at improving our lives and the lives of others. It is a concept that has been thoroughly detailed and greatly encouraged through different means, types, and ways. Unlike Zakat, Sadaqah is a voluntary act of kindness for the betterment and benefit of our society.
Ongoing charity can also be in the form of donations to build mosques, Quran centers and orphanages, and to fund relief campaigns in countries afflicted with conflict such Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Many Muslim scholars recommend to give Saqadah during the holy month of Ramadan as it is always chance to draw closer to Allah SWT and to cleanse our souls from greed and selfishness. Join Qatar Charity’s family this Ramadan and donate your Sadaqah to help those most vulnerable.
Sadaqah comes in many forms as every good deeds is deemed as Sadaqah, it encompasses every aspect of our daily life, be it social, personal, or financial. There are more than 17 types of Sadaqah in Islam starting with a smile to a neighbor and removing harmful objects from passageway to Assisting a Person with Visual Impairment or simply help others regardless of the mean. Sadaqah Jariyah is another form of Sadaqah, it is an ongoing charity that continues to help those in need in the long run. It is a broader charitable concept that stands equivalent to modern sustainable development, as it advocates the right to access basic needs such as education, healthcare, food, clean water, child and orphan care.