Sadaqah is a form of voluntary charity which is highly emphasised in Islam as it carries great reward and brings numerous benefits.
In the current Coronavirus pandemic which is claiming thousands of lives and leaving millions at huge risk, Sadaqah is needed more than ever as it not only helps those in need but can also be given as a way of asking Allah to heal you when you are ill. If someone is ill, you can be a part of their healing and pay Sadaqah on their behalf. This generous act of giving combined with Du’a is mentioned in the Qur’an as a way of healing the sick.
“Charity (Sadaqah) extinguishes sin, just as water extinguishes fire.”
Hadith – Tirmidhi 614
Sadaqah is not judged by how big or small it is, but on how it helps people and how regularly it is done. It is not an obligation but instead, a practice performed to cleanse your soul, ward off calamities and put your heart and mind at ease.