3 Productive Ways To Give Sadaqah As A Family

3 Productive Ways to Give Sadaqah As a FamilyGiving Sadaqah (charity) is not only a great way to fulfill the needs of the poor, but also serves as a purification of the heart. Therefore, it is important to instill a sense of compassion and the love for charity in your children from an early age on.

To help you achieve this, I want to focus on three, hopefully original ideas to involve your entire family when giving Sadaqah. However, since they are all considered monetary charity in one way or another, it is important to let your family know that there are many ways to give what is called physical charity: like smiling at others or removing something harmful from the road, and that every good deed, no matter how small, is considered Sadaqah.

1. Sponsor an orphan

There are various ways on how to go about sponsoring an orphan. One way that I know of is doing so through the organization called Islamic Relief. The sponsorships they offer definitely do not cost the world and many Muslim families can afford it. For the two Eids, you can send extra money to make sure that the orphan child also gets to enjoy the religious holidays. The sponsorship will in sha Allah broaden the cultural horizon of your children because they will be likely to develop an interest for the country and culture that the orphan is from. To strengthen the bond between the orphan and your family even more, you can write letters to them as a family or help your kids do so. Know that you and your family will be giving this child opportunities that he/she would otherwise never have. And since your family will be supporting an orphan for many years to come, you will all in sha Allah be showered with blessings and be close to the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in Paradise, as he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“I and the one who looks after an orphan will be like this in Paradise,” showing his middle and index fingers and separating them. [Bukhari]

2. Host a dinner party

I personally am not a huge fan of hosting dinner parties during Ramadan as I feel it takes away precious time from important worship. However, I don’t have anything against them during the rest of the year – if they are done with the right intention that is. Why not invite some family friends and/or neighbors over for dinner, preferably some who have kids themselves? This in itself is already considered Sadaqah. Get your whole family involved when it comes to the preparation of the dinner. Decide on a meal with your kids and spouse, go grocery shopping as a family and spend time in the kitchen together preparing the food. Decorate the table and create a nice atmosphere for your guests. Once a year or so, you can take it to the next level by inviting more people to the dinner party and at the same time collecting money for a good cause. Make sure to agree with your family and guests on a charity or project to give it to. This way, you will not only be rewarded for feeding others, but also for encouraging them to spend in the path of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) themselves.

3. Visit a local orphanage

Look for an orphanage in your area and plan a visit with your family. Speak to the person in charge and agree on a date and time. Let your kids help you prepare little goodie bags filled with sweets, pencils, uplifting hadiths/quotes etc. Most of the children at orphanages have been through a lot, so if you, or anyone you know, are able to make balloon sculptures and similar handicrafts, use this talent to make them laugh. You can also encourage your kids to bring some of their favorite books, so they read stories to the children at the orphanage. Also, buy some other essentials, like soap, toothpaste, towels or food items depending on what the orphanage needs the most. This visit will definitely be something that your kids will remember for a long time. In sha Allahthey will realize how good their life is and will appreciate you as their parents much more.

Make the intention along with your loved ones to try out (at least) one of the above-mentioned projects on the coming weekend or the first available opportunity. I would love to know if you have any more ideas on how to give Sadaqah as a family.

Feel free to share them in the comment section below!


25 thoughts on “3 Productive Ways To Give Sadaqah As A Family

  1. Some of my fondest memories are of volunteering with my family. I dont have children yet, so I had reached out to my parents & brother. The more of us that were involved, the more beloved it was. Some of them:

    1. All 4 of us (mom, dad, bro, me) volunteered at a local masjid’s picnic event. We helped set up, distribute food & clean up too. Best part for me was seeing my dad BBQ with my brother for lunch. And then my cousin joined us also in distributing food. Then we played, visited the bazaar, prayed together. It was a blast!

    2. Community tree planting project. Parents provided us breakfast, we kids & friends helped plant trees in front of the community library. It was great dawa too with all the hijabs & beard & kufis :).

    3. Soup kitchen. This was from school. And i took my brother with me. It was good bonding experience for us too :)

    1. The activities you and your family did together sound amazing. I’m sure you had a blast! Thank you very much for your input. :)

  2. assalamo elaikum

    mashaAllah sister may Allah swt give you reward , i am really impressed that you are doing so much in such age, may Allah make you soucrce of hidaya for others also,,ameen

    1. Wa alaikum salam,

      thank you very much for your kind words, even though I don’t consider myself being that young. ;)

  3. The article is important and reminding. But the writing have not stress nuch emphasis on the aspect of PRODUCTIVITY especially to the head of the family. I think there is need for the writer to link up inbetween benefits of sadaqa that one can get here and here after.
    Jazakallahu khairan

    1. Thank you very much for your feedback. I’ll try to take it into consideration when writing future articles, insha’Allah. :)

  4. Bismillah.
    MasyaAllah,keep up the good work Dear Sister.may Allah reward you & may Allah bless my children with your religous concerns. With respect to the above , I have a suggestion for individuals to do their bit by pooling resources from interested members of his/her community eg a person can collect whatever items from friends/relatives etc because many people ,as mere humans , ‘need’to be assisted into doing good things….

  5. Lovely article…. Mostly people feel helping some needy person with money is the only way of sadqa. But along with money when we spend time with them… How valuable that money had helped them…. N this personal involvement makes us also a better person. N thanks for showing people that a simple smile is also a form of sadqa. My dad has helped us develop these habits n i pray that for all his good teachings allah grant him paradise. Ameen

    1. Assalamu Alaikum,

      I’m afraid there’s no Indonesian version of this article at this moment. Maybe in the future insha’Allah. :)

  6. Assalamu Aleykum Naima Asma, Greetings from East Africa, May Allah Reward you Well. It is a wonderful article and really I liked it, keep up the effort sister, we hope you all the best, In-shaa-Allah I will try to translate in my local language in order to spread your word in our local community.

    Regards,
    Khadar Dahir.

  7. Assalam-o-alaikum, JizakilAllah Khair. A very good article. Inculcating in our children to share their knowledge and old school books with children of our servants.

  8. We have a family sadqah box in our home! Its a really beneficial thing cuz no one except Allah knows how much money each person has placed inside so no one feels inferior if they put in less money.and the when the box,the money is given to a reliable charity centre

    1. @Salman – Thanks for reaching out to ask your question. I think it would be best to consult an authentic scholar (of fiqh/Islamic jurisprudence) on that matter as he’d have the expertise/knowledge to advise you. In case you may not know of one, you may ​alternatively ​consult ​authentic fiqh Q&A websites​ such as​:

      http://islamqa.info
      http://muftisays.com

      I hope this helps. May Allah help you find what you’re looking for. Ameen.

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