The best of sadaqah is given during the month of Ramadan. Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: “The Prophet SAW (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan…more generous than the fast wind in doing good” [Bukhari].
Types of Sadaqah:
- Sadaqah- A voluntary giving. Any form of charity such as a simple smile, forgiveness, or monetary amount given at will.“Your smile to your brother is a sadaqah (charitable act) for you. Your commanding the right and forbidding the wrong is a sadaqah. Your guiding a man in the land of misguidance is a sadaqah for you. Your seeing (showing the way) for a man with bad eyesight is a sadaqah for you. Your removing a stone or thorn or bone from the road is a sadaqah for you. Your emptying your bucket of water into your brother’s (empty) bucket is asadaqahfor you” [Tirmidhi].“Take sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them; and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower” [9:103].
- Sadaqah jariyah – Ongoing charity as defined by the following hadith:The Prophet SAW (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: sadaqah jariyah (such as a well of clean water, masjid, hospital, Islamic charitable organization, etc.), knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased)” [Muslim].