What is Sadaqa Day?
Sadaqa Day is a day of social action. A date in the calendar when individuals, mosques, schools, women’s and community groups, scout and youth groups can all get involved.
The word Sadaqa is often spoken about as the charitable giving of money, but Sadaqa is so much more. This is what the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) meant when he taught, “Even a smile is charity”. Acting in genuine service for others. And that is what Sadaqa Day is all about. It builds upon and broadens 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. And it gives us as British Muslims the best opportunity to show what our faith is really about.
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).
Reaching out, opening our doors, contributing to our communities
Muslims are among the most generous people in the country and we can be very proud of that. That should continue both in the UK and abroad, smart donating and effective projects using those donations, are crucial.
But ‘sadaqa’ is much more than giving money.
Faith in action
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. Sadaqa Day provides a focus for one day and can in many cases give a choice of ready-and-waiting small tasks that anyone can volunteer for and get stuck into for a few hours. It is a fantastic opportunity for families to get involved in something together. 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.
Pictures speak a thousand words
Check out our Website, Facebook page and Flickr photo album to see the most amazing photos and they will show you how enjoyable the day is and how much blessing comes from the activities when we do them together.
UK wide, hundreds of volunteers
Each year we look to make more impact, reach new areas, come up with exciting ideas that we have never tried before. We are a very small team at the centre helping to connect the dots, making sure things are running smoothly online, producing merchandise and helping get projects off the ground. Our volunteer coordinators have been the life-blood of Sadaqa Day from the start in 2015. They get local sponsorship and in-kind support, they know who to connect with locally, they know how to get coverage in their local press, they know what activities will work. The creativity, energy and enthusiasm have been second to none and 2020 will be the best yet, we are sure of that!
Why do we need your help?
From the start Sadaqa Day has been a community effort, many people sponsoring and supporting it with small amounts and sometimes large amounts, making it possible for us to make it happen. We don’t need a lot of money to make great things happen! Your donations will be used wisely and carefully. We will produce merchandise, get maximum coverage by ensuring we have a good marketing and PR strategy in place, we will provide round the clock support to our growing list of volunteer coordinators around the country. Between now and the day itself we will work as a team to make this one the best yet.
Two new activities for 2020! Mothers Day and StoryTime
Because Sadaqa Day coincides this year with Mothers Day, we are going to use that to our advantage and connect up where we can. We will encourage people in their local area to bring together groups of mothers to treat them. Maybe it will be a group of mothers who have all lost a baby. Maybe it will be a group of elderly women who are all mothers and we give them a nice pamper afternoon with tea and cake. Maybe it will be a group of mothers whose sons are in prison and they are struggling to cope. Maybe it will be making baskets of goodies to take to women at the local refuge who are spending Mothers Day there to keep them and their children safe.
We also want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ and other children’s favourites. We will encourage parents to make contact with their local elderly care homes and offer to take their children in to read to the residents. We have seen it done before and honestly it is one of the best sights ever! We want this to be happening all over the country, storytelling at its best and cutest.
Do enough of the right things
Why is that our strap-line? Because we know that Muslims are getting a hard time from some quarters, misunderstood, talked at, talked about, often not interacted with. Muslim women, in particular, are probably one of the most talked-about yet most misunderstood groups of people anywhere on the planet right now! We are proud that most of our volunteers and coordinators are Muslim women. We believe in taking a positive, pro-active approach. We say, do enough positive things, reach out to people of different faiths and diverse backgrounds and help them, be of service, give back, shine a light in a dark world. And attitudes will and are changing.
Just keep doing enough of the right things. God will take care of the rest!