The importance of charity is emphasized several times in the Holy Quran.
Take care of your fellow human beings, be they travellers, poor, needy, or relatives. While Zakat is a fixed amount of charity that is obligatory (to be given to the less fortunate); Sadaqah can also be given as little or as much as you can to bring ease to someone.
The beauty of Islam lies in this hadith, as narrated by Anas ibn Malik, the Prophet (SAW) said: ''You will not believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself'' (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2515). This hadith embodies how Islam promotes a healthy environment, love, and compassion for one another.
Sadaqah for Allah SWT Delight
We give charity not for the fame or pleasure of our own but for the Almighty. Allah tells us to give charity, not to show off, but to help people for the Almighty reward.
In Surah Al-Baqarah, He says:
''Those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah and do not follow their charity with reminders of their generosity or hurtful words—they will get their reward from their Lord, and there will be no fear for them, nor will they grieve.'' (2:262)
You can learn more about the forbidding of show-offs on Islamic Finder.
We are requested not to ask for a thank you or the gratitude of the person to whom we donate. Since it is entirely for the pleasure of God, we ask Him for reward and acceptance.
As humans in this dunya we are inundated by many distractions, misguidance, and falsehoods therefore making life much more confusing and difficult. What are we thinking, saying, observing, and experiencing in our lives? Are we truly living by Islamic ideals? This is where we can choose to actively “Strive For Clarity.”