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In Islam, there are many acts which can lead to immeasurable reward – both today and in our Hereafter; these acts are commonly referred to as sadaqah jaariyah.
Sadaqah jaariyah is an act of giving that keeps on giving. For example, if you were to invest in planting a tree, that tree would then go on to provide shelter for as long as it stands – meaning you shall receive ongoing reward for as long as it stands, too.
“Surely the men who give sadaqah and the women who give sadaqah and have advanced a good loan to Allah SWT; for them it will be multiplied and for them there is a noble reward.”
- The Holy Qur’an (57:18)
There are many different types of ceaseless charity one can contribute towards and we have selected five key examples of these, which we have outlined below.
Many of us forget that the children of today are the future of tomorrow and in order to ensure a secure future we need to encourage a child’s right to an education today. Every child has the right to be entitled to an education and to acquire the relevant life skills they need in order to grow and prosper into adulthood.
Today, there are many millions of children worldwide who are suffering from a lack of education along with the most basic essentials needed in life such as food, shelter, healthcare and support.
Participating in child sponsorship can ensure that not only the child but their whole family has the possibility of a prosperous future where the skills learned can be utilised in driving the community forward.
Contributing towards educating a child can reap countless rewards in the form of sadaqah jaariyah for years to come and can potentially change and secure the future of a family, or even an entire community.
Spreading knowledge is highly rewarded in Islam and as Muslims, we are responsible for sharing the correct knowledge of Islam and inviting others to Islam. If you disclose just one correct religious fact to another human being, and that human being follows your advice and re-shares your knowledge to someone else, you are gaining reward every step of the way.
In the same way, teaching someone how to recite the Holy Qur’an is something which will bring you continuous reward even after you die, as every time that person recites the Holy Qur’an, or in turn, teaches someone else the Holy Qur’an, you are benefitting from the rewards for both of those people.
We often take the simplest necessities of life for granted - has it crossed our minds what we would do without access to clean water? It would, in fact, put a complete halt to our entire lives in terms of health, not to mention sanitation.
Today, there are many millions of people around the world who have very little or absolutely no access to clean, safe drinking water. You could donate towards an Islamic charity campaign such as the Muslim Aid Water and Sanitation Programme which aims to provide those in need with access to clean, safe, hygienic water by planting water wells and hand pumps.
Although this is a relatively simple act, it can be incredibly life-changing for communities without any access to a water supply, and the rewards for your contribution shall continue for as long as others are benefitting from it.
Many Muslims choose to donate towards the construction of a Mosque in order to gain significant reward in Islam. Similar to this is contributing towards the building of a school, hospital or even an orphanage, which goes on to benefit others and your rewards continue for as long as others benefit from your generosity. In fact, you shall be rewarded for every single prayer recited in the Mosque; every single patient being treated in the hospital and every single individual gaining knowledge in the school.
Similar to sharing and spreading knowledge, distributing religious material such as copies of the Holy Qur’an and books of Dua can reap significant reward for you. Every time a person reads or learns from your donated material, you shall gain the reward of sadaqah jaariyah as a result.
As well as religious books, there are many other items you can give to benefit others, such as tasbihs, prayer mats, hijab, medical supplies and equipment, clothing and so on. Even putting a watering can in a graveyard can go a very long way as every time someone fills up the can to water a grave, you, in turn, receive the benefits.
Throughout life, we tend to invest a lot of money, time and effort into achieving our various personal goals and dreams. We often focus our energy on work or home, putting in a lot of hard work in order to obtain the results we wish to see.
We should remember to focus just as much energy and focus into investing in our Hereafter as this is where the rewards are the greatest; not only for our today but rewards which can continue to benefit us long after we have died.
“The semblance of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah SWT, is as the likeness of a grain of corn, which grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah SWT gives manifold increase to whomever He pleases. Allah SWT is All-Sufficient, All-Knowing.”
- The Holy Qur’an (2:261)
We should all aim to adopt ongoing charity as a habit in Islam as opposed to an occasional gesture as we will, one day, be thankful of our actions when the resulting rewards continue to benefit us in our Hereafter.
May Allah SWT reward us all for our good deeds and acts of sadaqah, as well as sadaqah jaariyah, and may He grant us all a place in Jannah. Ameen.