Sadaqah (giving in charity) is a deed designed to eliminate the spiritual malady of miserliness. But because the heart of the giver is not immune to show and insincerity, it has been emphasized that Sadaqah should always be given secretly. Certainly, Riyaa (ostentation) and miserliness are both very destructive diseases and Sadaqah that is rendered secretly is a powerful remedy for them.
Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is a virtuous deed in Islam. In fact, it is considered as proof of one’s eeman (faith).
Abu Malik al-Ashari (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale. SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is light.