Results 1 to 6 of 6

What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

This is a discussion on What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat? within the Islam in General forums, part of the Main Topics category; Assalamu alaikum sisters and brothers, Question 1: Could someone please explain the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat? Question 2: I ...

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    14

    Default What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Assalamu alaikum sisters and brothers,

    Question 1: Could someone please explain the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Question 2: I hear that Sadaqa is to be paid to a poor person when one converts to Islam. Is this correct?

    Wasallam

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to Jameela For This Useful Post:
    leo (23rd June 2011)

  3. #2
    Aim High. Abul Hasan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Age
    25
    Posts
    2,726

    Default Re: What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jameela View Post
    Assalamu alaikum sisters and brothers,

    Question 1: Could someone please explain the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Question 2: I hear that Sadaqa is to be paid to a poor person when one converts to Islam. Is this correct?
    Wa a'aykumus salaam warahmatullah

    Sadaqa is optional charity that you can give whenever you want, as much as you want, to any person/organisation that you feel needs it or will put it to good use.

    Zakah (Arabic is Zakah, Urdu is Zakat) is a compulsory 2.5% payment that a person must give from their wealth. You can read more on the differences here.

    There are a few conditions with zakah that have to be fulfilled before it becomes due on you:

    1. Zakah only becomes due after the passing of a complete lunar year.

    2. You must have a minimum amount of wealth that should not have gone below a certain threshold over the course of this year. In Arabic, this threshold is called the nisaab.

    3. There are specific types of wealth on which zakah becomes due. I'll post a link later inshallah.

    4. Zakah can be given to only certain specific people. This is a very detailed discussion on this topic. If you don't understand some of the words, please don't hesitate to ask.

  4. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Abul Hasan For This Useful Post:
    abu hafs (22nd June 2011), Abu Osaama (22nd June 2011), Jameela (22nd June 2011), leo (23rd June 2011)

  5. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    14

    Default Re: What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Thank you Abul,

    Your reply is very helpful to me. Yes, I have been speaking with someone who speaks Urdu, so I appreciate your correction ('Zakat' (Urdu) to 'Zakah' in Arabic).

    Wasalaam

  6. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Extend Knowledge Inc 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza Suite 195 - 123 Ashburn, VA 20147
    Posts
    296

    Default Re: What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Definition of Zakah


    Zakah means to "purify". It refers to the purification of a Muslim's wealth and soul. Wealth purification denotes the mobilization of assets for the purpose of financial growth and justified distribution. Purification of the soul implies freedom from hatred, jealousy, selfishness, uneasiness and greed. Other Qur'anic connotations include the purification of sin.
    Technically, zakah is a fixed proportion collected from the surplus wealth and earnings of a Muslim. It is then distributed to prescribed beneficiaries and for the welfare as well as the infrastructure of a Muslim society in general. This contribution is made payable by a Muslim once in every lunar year (Islamic Calendar/Hijri).
    Zakah is paid on the net balance after a Muslim has spent on basic necessities, family expenses, due credits, donations and taxes. Every Muslim male or female who at the end of the Hijri year is in possession of the equivalent of 85 grams of gold or more in cash or articles of trade, must pay his or her zakah at the minimum rate of 2.5%.
    What Is Sadaqah?

    Sadaqah is a voluntary act of giving alms 'fi sabillilah' (for the cause of Allah), by Muslims who want to contribute more than their obligatory zakah payment. Sadaqah may be given to mark or bring blessings to occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, personal success or even instances of sadness or bereavement. In short, sadaqah can be given during any period of happiness or sadness or as a sign of gratitude to Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala.
    In a Hadeeth Narrated Ibn Masud:
    I heard the Prophet (S.A.W.) saying, "There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (i.e. religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to others."
    In another Hadeeth:
    The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim'. He was then asked: 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied: 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.' The Companions asked: 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said: 'He should help poor and needy persons'. The Companions further asked 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said 'He should urge others to do good'. The Companions said 'What if he lacks that also?' The Prophet said 'He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity'.



  7. #5
    Anti-Free mixing umm hafsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    IA forums, my profile page
    Posts
    762

    Default Re: What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jameela View Post
    .
    At anyone, you are stuck with a question, or there is a delay in getting a reply here. Please visit

    Islam Question and Answer

    This is considered one of the best islamic website by most people and alhumdulilah has alot of benefit. You can search up almost everything here from zakah to even mermaids!

    jazakallah
    ps: Just my adivse, you are new to islam, take things very slowly slowly inshallah, dont rush into anything. With time it all becomes simple but if you try to learn alot in a short amount of time it might become overwellming for you. You might get put off.

    jazakallah

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to umm hafsa For This Useful Post:
    akhan71193 (22nd June 2011)

  9. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Age
    29
    Posts
    133

    Default Re: What is the difference between Sadaqa and Zakat?

    Zakat is a compulsory action of giving 2.5% of excess wealth when a year has passed on it, to the poor, however if not performed punishment is given. fficeffice" />>>
    >>
    Sadaqa is a voluntary action in giving charity to the poor if performed rewarded, however if not performed no punishment is given. >>

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 26th April 2011, 05:30 PM
  2. Zakat
    By Miyamoto in forum Islam in General
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 31st August 2009, 07:02 PM
  3. suggestions for sadaqa
    By Die for Allah in forum Family Life
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10th September 2007, 06:34 PM
  4. zakat
    By gag order in forum Islam in General
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17th October 2006, 12:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262