“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuous charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.”

 —The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

Sadaqah jaariyah is a gift of charity that not only benefits others in this life but also benefits us and our loved ones in the next. It is an Islamic concept of giving that is continuous and everlasting. The beauty of this sadaqah is that it is a form of charity that provides us with rewards for as long as people benefit from our good deeds — it outlives us in the best of ways.

We’ve compiled a list of ways you can earn sadaqah jaariyah too. So if you want in, check out some ideas you can implement below:

Participating in building a mosque or a place of prayer

Providing people with the tools they need to sustain their livelihood (seeds, livestock, training, etc.)

Building or funding an orphanage

Raising or sponsoring an orphan

Teaching someone how to recite the Quran

Gifting people the Quran or Islamic materials

Building or funding a school or a hospital

Teaching someone a dua/prayer

Helping provide communities with water resources

Planting trees

Placing a water cooler in a public place

Donating a wheelchair or medical supplies to a hospital

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One does not have to be very rich to give sadaqah jaariyah — rather spending from our time and resources (from whatever we have) can be more than enough. Moreover, these good deeds can multiply and exponentially increase to go beyond the limited time we have here on Earth. In a famous Hadith Qudsi, Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla said, “O son of Adam! Spend, and I shall spend on you.” [Bukhari]

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Islamic Relief is implementing a Food for Life program where we give communities the chance to be self-sustainable. In order to break the continuous cycle of poverty, we believe in implementing long-lasting sustainable solutions. We do this by providing communities with seeds to grow food from, livestock to take care of, tools and equipment for farming, and vocational training.

Not only do you reap the rewards of sadaqah jaariyah, but the communities you affect will benefit for generations to come. Create a positive ripple effect. Donate today.