The Almighty Allah says in Surat Al-Baqara, "Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and then do not follow up what they have spent with reminders [of it] or [other] insult will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve" [Al-Baqarah 2:262].
The Third Pillar of Islam
Giving charity is the third pillar of Islam, and it is a must upon every Muslim man and woman who has the means to do it. This is called "zakat," which is a small percentage of excess wealth paid every year to specific categories of needy individuals.
Going The Extra Mile
The second type of charity is voluntary and called "sadaqa," which can be any amount of money given at any time to anyone in need. This includes the money you put in a donation jar, a few dollars you give to someone in need on the street, a donation to a hospital or a relief organization, a meal you buy for a hungry person, the money you give to a friend or family member in financial distress or your contribution towards building a school, a hospital or a community center.
Anything you give will count as a sadaqa if you do it for the sake of Allah. In one beautiful hadith, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said,"And whatever you spend for Allah's sake will be considered as a charitable deed, even the handful of food you put in your wife's mouth."
It Is So Much More Than Donating Money!
Charity in Islam is not limited to donating money. All acts of kindness are considered acts of charity and are rewarded by Allah. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, once said, “Your smile for your brother is sadaqa. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is sadaqa. Your guidance of a person who is lost is sadaqa.”
Giving Back: A Founding Principle of Halal Living SPC
Giving back is one of the core principles of Halal Living SPC. In addition to paying mandatory charity "zakat" annually, we are committed to donating towards various local charities and international relief organizations in order to help people in need around the world.
Organizations We Are Supporting
- Islamic Relief Canada
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canada
- Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada
- The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in Canada
For every product you buy, one dollar goes to feed a needy family, treat a sick person, educate a child, plant a tree, dig a well or put a solar panel on the top of a masjid. Please join us in making this world a better place by giving back to those in need.