What is the difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?

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  • As-salamu alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakatu

    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 is a compulsory 2.5% payment that a person must give from their wealth if they have the financial means. You can read more on the differences here (http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/9449/zakaah).

    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 below, insha'Allah.

    4. Zakah can be given to only certain specific people. This (http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/46209/zakaah) is a very detailed discussion on this topic.


  • . Zakat is the fourth pillar of Islam.

    . The literal meaning of the word Zakat is 'purity'.

    . Zakat is a devotional act through one's wealth.

    . Zakat is an obligation, prescribed by the Qur'ãn (a fard) on those Muslim men and women who possess enough means to distribute a certain percentage of their money among the poor and needy.

    . Zakat is only once a year, and is assessed during Ramadan.

    . Zakat is only given on your net balance after all your lawful expenses have been met at the end of the year.

    . Those who are eligible to receive Zakat are mentioned in the Qur'ãn.

    . One of the regulations concering Zakat, is that the legal dependents of the contributor may not receive Zakat from them.

    . Sadaqah is a charity that is given all year around, to help others from one's possessions, no matter whether its money or clothings and so on.

    . Sadaqah - charity is a necessary part of a Muslim's concern for their fellow human beings.

    . Giving Sadaqah starts with one's own family and dependents and extends to relatives, to the poor and needy of the community, to widows, orphans and so on...

  • Difference Between Sadaqah And Lillah

  • Sadaqah is not obligatory, Zakat is.

    Sadaqah can be given to all in need, Zakat is only to the Muslims in need.

  • Salam Sadaqah consists of mandatory charity(zakat) and voluntary charity as infaq which should be pain any time without certain fix amount, while zakat is only mandatory payment of rich people for helping very poor and poor Muslim people which should be paid annually. for about 2.50% of the wealth which is more than the current value of 90 grams of gold.or from the result of harvest or from the total of herds

  • Zakat is required and is 2.5% of your total worth after a year. There are very specific recipients.

    Sadaqa is any optional charity.

    Donating money to pay the bills of a masjid would be sadaqa, but would not be acceptable as zakat.

    Spending time to help someone would be sadaqa (and again not zakat...zakat comes from your wallet).

  • 🙂 i think zakat : is the the third side on islamic sides.... you should do it

    but sadaqah : is things more than zakat :ex : ( you have 1000 dollar, your zakat is 10% from it, but your sadaqah is that what you want to pay to poor )

    so, i think zakat is oblige, but sadaqah is up to you

  • Zakat is fard (obligatory) and Sadaqah is optional and Sunnah

  • Sadaqa is optional -- it's a charity that you can give at any time, whenever you want.

    Zakat is obligatory and is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. You are required to give 2.5% of your savings to the needy Muslims.

  • well from my point of view, Sadaqat is giving out something to someone out of love and care, willingly of course. for instance you are passing by teh street and you see a blind man standing by the road wanting to cross but cannot.. and you out of pity helped him cross i believe is sadaqat or maybe you are walking in town and you see a poor person then out of love you give him/her what ever you have in your pocket. meanwhile zakat is an obligatory act of some Muslims, specifically those that are wealthy, if you are then its compulsory to give a certain portion of your wealth to the poor.

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