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When they bear any loss or lose something valuable and they are sure of not getting it back, they say it`s a sadaqa.

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Asslaamu Alaikum!

My queation is about sadaqa, as far as I know sadaqa is something that we give with a will. I ofetn hear people saying, when they bear any loss or lose something valuable and they are sure of not getting it back, they say it`s a sadaqa. I don`t think this is right to say because one loses something which he hasn`t decided to give as sadaqa before and when it is not their possession any more, all of a sudden it becomes so. Please I need your guidance in this regard.

Thank you,

Your sister in Islam 


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Lost items sadaqa charity

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 64 Surah Taghabun verse 16:

So fear Allah as much as ye can; listen and obey; and spend in charity for the benefit of your own souls: and those saved from the covetousness of their own souls they are the ones that achieve prosperity.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 177:

It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces toward East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah, and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance out of love for Him for your kin, for orphan's for the needy, for the wayfarer for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient in pain (or suffering) and adversity and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of Truth, the Allah-fearing.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 57-62

57 Verily those who live in awe for fear of their Lord;

58 Those who believe in the Signs of their Lord;

59 Those who join not (in worship) partners with their Lord;

60 And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear because they will return to their Lord

61 It is these who hasten in every good work, and these who are foremost in them.

62 On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the Truth: they will never be wronged.


In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Holy Quran, Sadaqaat or charity in the Sight of Allah Subhanah is that which one spends of one’s own free will in the Cause of Allah with the sole intention of earning the Pleasure and Good Will of their Lord Most Gracious.


Even if one were to spend in charity, but follows up his charity with reminders of his generosity, or humiliates the person he gives charity to, or gives in charity only to be seen of men, etc.; then his charity will hold absolutely no weight in the Sight of Allah Subhanah nor will he have any reward for his charity in the Hereafter.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 264-266:

264 O ye who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like those who spend their substance to be seen of men but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in Parable like a hard barren rock on which is a little soil; on it falls heavy rain which leaves it (just) a bare stone! They will be able to do nothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guides not those who reject faith.

265 And the likeness of those who spend their substance seeking to please Allah and to strengthen their souls is as a garden high and fertile: heavy rain falls on it but makes it yield a double increase of harvest and if it receives not heavy rain light moisture sufficeth it. Allah Sees well whatever ye do.

266 Does any of you wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and vines and streams flowing underneath and all kinds of fruit while he is stricken with old age and his children are not strong (enough to look after themselves) that it should be caught in a whirlwind with fire therein and be burnt up? Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His) Signs; that ye may consider.


Sadaqaat is only accepted by Allah from those who spend of their lawful wealth of their own free wills in the Cause of Allah, with the sole intention to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of their Lord.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 76 Surah Insaan verses 5-11:

5 As to the Righteous (in Paradise) they shall drink of a Cup (of wine) mixed with Kafur

6 A Fountain where the devotees of Allah do drink, making it flow in unstinted abundance.

7 They perform (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil flies far and wide.

8 And they feed for the love of Allah the indigent, the orphan, and the captive.

9 (Saying) "We feed you for the sake of Allah Alone: No reward do we desire from you, nor thanks.

10 We only fear a Day of distressful Wrath from the side of our Lord."

11 But Allah will deliver them from the evil of that Day, and will shed over them a light of Beauty and a (blissful) Joy.


If one suffers a loss or looses something, bears his loss with patience and keeps his belief and trust firm in the Mercy and Grace of his Lord Most Bounteous, and recognizes that his loss is no more than a test from his Lord….such true believers will have their reward from their Lord for their ‘sabr’, patience and belief.


But if one suffers a loss or looses something and declares or assumes or counts it as being ‘sadaqaat’ in the Cause of Allah, it would neither be correct, nor considered righteousness, nor does such a statement behove and befit those who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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