Have you ever thought when you go and make a donation and you hear these different terms but you do not fully understand what it truly means. Well Inshallah my aim is to help all my fellow Muslims understand these terms. so Inshallah there will be a series about it. We as Muslims should always remember that Allah created us and gave us our Rizziq and sometimes there are many other Muslims or even Non Muslims who are less fortunate than us. Think about it like this sometimes Allah guides you and puts you in someones path to help them and that is why it is very important to always help our fellow Muslims because Allah created us all to protect one another. That is why we are an Ummah. We are One.
Zakah is one of the five pillars of Islām and a means to cleanse your wealth. For those who possess nisab, it is an obligation to pay 2.5% of their wealth, minus any expenses due, at the end of each lunar year. Zakah has to be given in the ownership of needy Muslims.
Sadaqah- On the other hand, Sadaqah is any amount of money donated for the pleasure of Allah swt and intended for the poor. However the term Sadaqah also applies to money donated for any noble cause, as well.
Lillah- simply any goodness given or done with the intent to please Allah swt