[Qur’an in Ramadan 5:Q4.58-Q4.176]
We are not all eligible to pay Zakah but at least we can afford to give sadaqah.
Most cities have homeless people on the streets we can give a token of money to in charity. If you do not have such people in your locality or you are too shy or scared to give out money on the street, do not despair. There are other subtle ways you can give sadaqah today to fulfil this day’s challenge of Not only in Ramadan.
1. Your subordinates at work could be the beneficiaries of your sadaqah. You could send them with some money to get you two of something (like a canned drink) and insist they take one when they return from the errand.
2. You could buy something at the market or mall and request the seller keeps the change, or the taxi driver.
3. You could pay the fare for someone on the bus (make sure they don’t think you are thinking of hitting on them though!)
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: Every joint of a person must perform charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is charity; and a good word is charity;and every step you take toward prayer is charity; removing a harmful object from the road is charity. (Bukhari and Muslim) Hadith 26 An-Nawawi
It doesn’t have to be money to be charity. You could give up your seat at the airport waiting lounge, bus/train, hospital waiting room, banking hall to pregnant women, senior citizens, frail-looking people etc. You could assist a child or the visually impaired to cross the road, smile at someone, assist someone in need, offer your services to a client/customer for free, etc.
Whatever good you do in Ramadan is multiplied so what a fantastic time for charity. Go, get to it!