Sadaqa (Charity)

Sadaqah or Sadaka (Arabic: صدقة‎, "charity", "benevolence", plural ṣadaqāt صدقات) in the modern context has come to signify "voluntary charity". According to the Quran, the word means voluntary offering, whose amount is at the will of the "benefactor".

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

It is highly recommended to help any living being in need even animals. Helping non Muslims who are in need is very good keeping in mind the right of our own needy brothers and sisters in faith and our responsibility towards them. We should not neglect helping our own brothers and sisters in need before helping others as it said ( Charity starts at home).

We also need to avoid helping those non Muslims who use the money not in food or medicine of cloth but in alcohol or drugs etc.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

It is highly recommended to perform Nafila or Nawafil prayers. There is Nafila for every obligatory daily prayer. Nafila of Morning prayer is two Rak'ats before the obligatory prayer. Nafila of Dhuhr is eight Rak'ats (2 + 2 + 2 +2) before the obligatory prayer. Nafila of Assr is also eight Rak'ats before the obligatory prayer same like Nafila of Dhuhr.

Nafila of Maghrib is two then two Rak'ats after the obligatory prayer.

Nafila of Isha is two Rak'ats in sitting position or one Rak'at in standing position, after performing the Isha prayer.

Night Prayer (Namaz e Shab or Salat Al-Layl) is highly recommended every night which is either 11 Rak'ats ( the complete form) or two Rak'ats of Shaf' then one Rak'at of Witr which is the short form, or at least one Rak'at of Witr which the shortest form.

We can anytime pray any two Rak'ats of recommended prayer for thanking Allah or for seeking forgiveness or just for the sake of Allah.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

If your employer has allowed you to keep the tips, you are allowed then to keep it. It is not a Sadaqa.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

If your intention was for a general charity, then you can give to to any charitable work including building Madrasah or Imambarah. But if your intention was a Sadaqa for poor people, then you need to give it to the poor people only as you had in your intention.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Yes it is true. Giving charity will never decrease your wealth, rather will cause more Barakah and brings more wealth. More charity you give for the sake of Allah, more wealth you will get from Allah. We have many Hadeeths in this regard.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

There is no point in leaving it in the account because it will utilised by the non Muslim bank with no benefit to you or to any poor person. Utlizing interest from non Muslim is allowed according to verdicts of leading scholars ( Maraaje' of Taqleed). You can utilize the money or give it to the poor and you don't need to tell them that it is from bank interest money.

Wassalam.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 7 months ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. The verse 5:55 is translated literally as the hadith literature identifies this verse with a specific event in which Imam Ali (as) gave charity to a beggar  whilst in the state of ruku.

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

1. Sadaqa is one of the best good deeds which have great benefits in this life and hereafter.

2. Giving Sadaqa for the sake of Allah removes away calamities, difficulties and hardships and protects from hell fire.

3. Best Sadaqa is the secret Sadaqa which no one knows about it but Allah (SWT).

4. Giving what we love more in Sadaqa will bring more reward. (You will never get the degree of piousness until you give what you love, in the way of Allah. (3:92).

5. Sadaqa of water is very great in its reward as well as feeding the hungry.

6. Sadaqa of a word to support a Momin has great reward.

7. Smiling in the face of your believing brothers is a Sadaqa and saying good words to people is a Sadaqa and removing harmful items from the road of people is Sadaqa.

8. Best food to give in Sadaqa is the lawful food which you love more.

9. Sadaqa should not aim to get people's praise or thanks. Allah says in Quran (Saying: We feed you for the sake of Allah only, we don't want from you to reward us nor to thank us.) (Sura 76, Verse 9).

10. Giving Sadaqa is the wish of people who leave this life with out giving what they could give. They will wish from Allah to send them back to the worldly life for a while so that they can give Sadaqa. Allah says in Quran (And spend (in noble cause) from what We granted you before death comes to each one of you then he will say O my Lord, if you only give me respite for little while so that I give Sadaqa and be with righteous)(Sura 63, verse 10).

11. Sadaqa is one of best ways to increase your income. The Hadeeth says: When we face decrease of income, we invest in giving Sadaqa to get more income.

12. Sadaqa is one of the best ways to treat illnesses and get cure. Hadeeth says: Treat you ill persons by giving Sadaqa.

13. Sadaqa is one of the best ways to remove away any expected or un expected danger. 
14. Patching up between believers who have disputes is from the best Sadaqa which Allah likes. (Al-Kaafi 2:209). 
Wassalam..

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

Your near family members e.g. your parents, your wife and your children must be supported financially by you from your own money and it is not allowed to give them from Khums.

Other poor relatives can be helped from your own money and it will from the best charity. If you can not help them from your own money, you can give them from Sadat share if they are deserving pious needy Sadat. If they are not Sadat and need help and no one is ready to help them, then you can seek permission from Marje' of Taqleed to help them from Sahm e Imam (AS).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 10 months ago

Every one is allowed to give charity from his own earned income with out permission from his father or mother etc as far as his father and Munther are not in need for that charity money for their own livelihood expenses.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 10 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If the husband has allocated this money exclusively to his family, and for the wife to spend it on their household, then no, she cannot spend it on other things. If the husband gives his wife money, without specifying, then she can do with it what she wishes. 

However, it would always be best for her to consult with her husband, and for the husband to honour his wife's family by financially assisting them within his capacity. 

And Allah knows best. 

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 12 months ago

I can't quite figure out the Arabic text of these quotations in English, in order to discuss them, so it would be helpful if you could write the exact texts in Arabic, or give a reference.

The closest narrations that come to mind are:
* It is narrated that the best form of ibadah is love for the Ahl al-Bayt (A). 
* There is a narration in the Sunni books that a man who is bodily injured by someone (such as in a fight) and forgives that has offered a form of charity to the person who injured him. 

Anyway, there are a lot of hadith attributed to the Prophet (S) saying "the best form of worship is..." and "the best form of charity is...", and sometimes different things are mentioned.

From this, one gets the sense that the intent behind the text is often to say that "this is a good thing to do" and encourage people to do it, not that there is a hierarchy of different types of charity or worship, and only one of them is at the top.

(Except in a case where the text is very clear that this is the absolute best thing to do and specifies that it really is meant to be better than anything else.) 

Of course, there are many hadith encouraging charity (whether it be material assistance, or other forms of generosity such as kindness or assistance), forgiveness, and love (apart from love towards the vicious or enemies of God). 

(Note that someone else may recognize what texts are being discussed here and have a better answer!)