Sadaqa Day is a day of social action.
A date in the calendar when individuals, mosques and other places of worship, schools, women’s and community groups, scouts and guides groups can get involved.
Everyone – can get involved.
The word Sadaqa is often spoken about as the charitable giving of money, but Sadaqa is so much more. It is every deed, every act of giving, it is each movement in our service to others. This is what the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) meant when he taught, “Even a smile is charity”. Across many faiths, in every school, and in all good homes, we are taught about doing our bit, making our own contribution, playing our part in giving to others and in making the world a slightly better place. Acting in genuine service for others.
And that is what Sadaqa Day is all about.
Let’s Do Something!
Most of us want to volunteer but don’t always know how. Some of us already give our valuable time to causes or to looking after others, and cannot find the time to do something extra, a little different perhaps, even though we would like to.
Sadaqa Day provides a focus for one day and can in many cases give a choice of ready-and-waiting small tasks that one can volunteer for and get stuck into for a few hours.
And along the way, you are certainly going to meet some positive people, make some new friends, have a good time, and feel a little better for having gone out there and done some good.
Faith In Action, Hands At Work
The inspiration for Sadaqa Day comes from the many Islamic teachings on the blessings and virtues of charitable giving, extending far beyond the giving of money (important as that also is).
These are teachings which most of us will relate to and find familiar. Britain’s Muslim communities are reported to be among the most generous, and many millions are raised and donated each year. Much is raised for relief aid in developing countries but increasingly, a growing proportion is also being raised for a wide variety of causes and concerns at home.
Sadaqa Day will help to build upon and broaden our charitable contributions through the giving of time, where the lives of others and the state of our neighbourhoods are made that little bit better.
Julie Siddiqi is the Founder of Sadaqa Day which she started in 2015. It is set up as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Sadaqa Day Ltd has 4 Directors and they work with hundreds of volunteers across the country and a small central team to co-ordinate and run the day every year. Please click on the Get Involved tab to be part of this exciting and growing movement for social change.