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Let your Sadaqah make a real difference. Consider Alkhidmat. 

As Pakistan’s no. 1 NGO for humanitarian services, Alkhidmat has a number of welfare initiatives aimed at alleviating poverty, malnutrition and other forms of deprivation among the underprivileged in society. Imbued with the spirit of service to humanity and inspired by the Qur’an and Sunnah, Alkhidmat strives to reach communities and individuals near and far – often in inaccessible places, at difficult times – to deliver rations, necessities of life, livelihood opportunities, disaster relief, clean water, healthcare, education, funeral services, and even gifts on festivals so that our brethren in our country and abroad may find joy and overcome the burden of their straitened circumstances.

Sadaqah is a broad Islamic term that is usually interpreted as charity. However, the full comprehension of this concept of can be understood from the following hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS), who said,

Sadaqah is due for every joint in a person on every day the sun comes up; to act justly between two people is Sadaqah, to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is Sadaqah, a good word is Sadaqah, and removing a harmful thing from the road is Sadaqah.” 

       (Bukhari & Muslim).

Thus Sadaqah, in the vastness of its scope, goes beyond monetary help and is not limited to it, although it includes monetary help within its fold. There is no minimum amount that is necessary for it to qualify as Sadaqah, no condition of it being in cash or kind, and no time-space requirement or obligation as in Zakat. Also, it can be used for a wider purpose than Zakat which is limited to eight well-defined categories as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. Moreover, everyone – even the poorest among us – can give Sadaqah, although they may not be required to pay Zakat. Lastly, it can be given to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

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