Annual Social Action Day

Sadaqa Day

MADE organises an annual social action or Sadaqa day, encouraging youth to get involved with social action. MADE supports pupils from schools and youth groups in giving back to their local communities as a means of improving young people’s confidence via social action, strengthening local communities and teaching people about the virtues of Sadaqa.

What is Sadaqa?

The concept of Sadaqa in Islam is often misconstrued as solely being about financial donations, but its definition encompasses a much broader and more proactive role of social action for Muslims, including helping ones family, wider community (particularly vulnerable members like the elderly) and environment with deeds on all scales.

The Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم 0) said:
“Charity is obligatory every day on every joint of a human being. If one helps a person to ride his animal (or vehicle) or by lifting his luggage on to it, all this will be regarded charity. A good word, and every step one takes to prayer, is regarded as charity; and guiding somebody on the road is regarded as charity” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

Impact so far

On our last Sadaqa day, we addressed over 1000 students through assemblies that providing information about Sadaqa Day and encouraged students to get involved whilst also providing 397 pupils participating in litter picking with #LitterHeroes t-shirts, litter picks and branded rubbish bags in association with Sadaqa Day, Better Communities Business Network (BCBN) and Keep Britain Tidy. Respective local councils also helpfully assisted in the provision of litter picking equipment for the participants.

Quotes from participants

Islamiyah school (Blackburn)

I felt very happy litter picking, because in my mind I knew that I was doing something that would help the community. The community looked clean after we had finished. We enjoyed it, had fun and we got to do something that would positively affect the area.

Islamiyah school (Blackburn)

Litter picking felt rewarding, as our community looked cleaner and better. It was enjoyable as we worked as a team. Sadaqa Day is a fantastic initiative, which made us think about our community first.

Saima

Very satisfying that I could contribute to society

Aysha

Difficult at first, but once you get a hang of it, it was fun and yet emotional to see what humans leave on the ground.

Faatimah

Eye opener - if more of us worked together, we could surely succeed.

Misbah

Happy that my community is now clean.