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Give Sadaqah

Sadaqah means ‘voluntary charitable offerings’ and as such is not at all obligatory, it is just a kind gesture made with the intention of helping others.

By giving Sadaqah to Carers Worldwide, you can help improve the lives of unpaid carers across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

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What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah is a voluntary charitable activity encouraged through the Islamic faith. The literal translation means ‘righteousness’ but in Islam it is used to refer a virtuous act or an act of kindness for which no reciprocation is expected. It is not always necessarily monetary aid.

What is Sadaqah Jariyah?

Sadaqah Jariyah is the giving of charity that has long-term benefits, compared to the singularity of an act of Sadaqah. Sadaqah Jariyah has the ability to reward you even after death. For example, when someone builds a well as an act of Sadaqah Jariyah, they are rewarded for the act, but they are also rewarded every time someone uses that well.

At Carers Worldwide, we have various long-term initiatives, such as livelihood training for unpaid carers, so that they can find a way of earning an income that fits around their caring responsibilities, and our Community Caring Centres used day after day to provide alternative day care for children with disabilities, giving their carers the respite they need and the time to earn an income.

Why is Sadaqah important in Islam?

Sadaqah is performed solely to please Allah and is intended to show mercy. As the Prophet said, “Charity extinguishes the sins like water extinguishes a fire”. This suggests that Sadaqah is a means of repentance for one’s sins and is thus important in Islam, and it is an action which can be called to as evidence of their dedication to their faith.

What are the benefits of giving Sadaqah?

There are many religious benefits of giving Sadaqah, such as to ease hardships, atone sins and give protection on the Day of Judgement. Sadaqah also promises equality and offers protection. There are also social benefits, as Islamic charity is intended to help the circulation of wealth and aims to give all members of the community, including the most vulnerable, an equal standing in society.

One of our current projects in Bangladesh is focused on achieving socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable family carers, which is providing 300 carers with the tools and guidance to help lift their families out of poverty and into long-term economic security.

Who can you give Sadaqah to?

Sadaqah can be given by anyone to anyone. As a charitable organisation that works alongside Muslim people, specifically in Bangladesh, we hope you would find Carers Worldwide a worthy charity for donation as part of Sadaqah.

The work that we do in Bangladesh is focused on providing unpaid carers with the support and the opportunity to transform their lives.

What is the difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?

Zakat is the third of the five pillars of Islam, officially meaning “that which purifies”, and is fulfilled by the annual payment of a set sum depending on the individual’s wealth. Only eight types of people can receive Zakat contributions, outlined by Allah in the Quran as:
  • The poor
  • The hungry
  • New Muslims and friends of Muslim communities
  • Those in captivity
  • Those who fight in the name of Allah
  • Those struggling with unmanageable debt
  • Those responsible for distributing zakat
  • Stranded or struggling travellers
Since 2022, supported by the COSARAF Charitable Foundation, we have provided emergency food, medical and therapeutic support for unpaid carers in Savar sub-district, Dhaka, during the holy month of Ramadan and in the period immediately afterwards.

In 2023, we supported 431 unpaid carers and 108 children with disabilities

  • Children from six of our Community Caring Centres received daily nutritious food

  • One Iftar party was held in each centre, to which the mothers were also invited. As well as providing a much-needed nutritional boost to the children, the parties also provided a social opportunity for the children and their mothers, which is a rare occurrence in most of their lives.

  • 239 carers over the age of 50 benefited from specialised health check-ups, diagnosis and treatment via five health camps.

  • 50 barefoot counsellors (a combination of staff members and carer representatives) attended a group workshop with a psychologist aimed at providing them with support in their roles as counsellors. This intervention will ensure that the barefoot counsellors remain mentally healthy themselves, thus ensuring the ongoing success of the wider counselling provision in the project area.

  • Four children with Cerebral Palsy were assessed and fitted with ankle foot orthoses to provide them with the necessary support to be able to stand independently. As well as having a life-changing impact on the children, the fact that their children are now able to stand and do not need to be lifted and held anymore has a significant impact on their mothers.

How do you give Sadaqah?

You can give Sadaqah in various forms, whether by volunteering your time to a charity or directly to those in need, or through a donation to charity.

At Carers Worldwide we will be able to use your Sadaqah contributions to help unpaid family carers living in Bangladesh as well as Nepal and India to transform their lives and those of their families.

You can give Sadaqah online now and help us make a real difference to those in need of support.