Sadaqah Jariyah means a continuous and ongoing charity. It is one of the most rewarding good deeds we can do in our lives as the benefits can be reaped now, and we can continue to benefit after we have passed.
Sadaqah Jariyah is a gift that not only benefits others in this life but also benefits us and our loved ones in the next.
“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” [Muslim]
Therefore, when you give Sadaqah Jariyah in your name/the name of a loved one, even after death the blessings continue.
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that the reward of spending in charity is like:
“A grain of corn which grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains” [Qur’an, 2:261]
Water projects are a true example of how one act of charity keeps multiplying, bringing more and more benefit and reward. When a community has water, we see families grow food, healthy children attend school, clean hospitals … and the list goes on!
Insha’Allah, we hope that our sustainable water projects not only provide water for years to come, but also instil beneficial knowledge for entire communities that can be passed on to future generations.
Sadaqah Jariyah is long-term and Sadaqah is short-term. For example, providing a food pack for a family may only satisfy their hunger for a limited period of time.
However, supporting our sustainable water projects, like drip irrigation systems, ensure families are able to grow crops for years to come.
Any long-term form of charity (gesture/donation for the benefit of others) counts as Sadaqah Jariyah.
For example: building a school, medical centre or a mosque, constructing a well, developing an educational programme, writing a book for the benefit of others or planting trees.
Sadaqah Jariyah can be given at any time of the year. It is often common to give in the name of a loved one after their death or when ill to bless their record of good deeds in the next life.
Good deeds undertaken in the months of Ramadan and Dhul Hijjah are also particularly special.
Sadaqah Jariyah is used towards our UK and global projects here at Islamic Relief. These are for the benefit of the poor and needy (both Muslim and non-Muslim).
Yes, Sadaqah Jariyah can be given to a mosque in the form of assistance to construct buildings/services, provide educational materials, plant trees/gardens or any other long-term feature.
There are limitless forms of Sadaqah Jariyah – our imagination is our limit! In short, as long as your project is of benefit to others and helps over the long-term, using halal sources/means.
Zakat is a type of charity stipulated as obligatory (for those that meet the threshold) by Allah (SWT) in the Holy Qur’an. It can be used for both short-term and long-term purposes.
Sadaqah Jariyah is a voluntary form of charity that refers to long-term charity only.
Whilst many people give Sadaqah Jariyah when something bad happens for example the death of a loved one (offering charity in their name), this is not a requirement, however does offer multiple blessings and can help with the grieving process. In addition, offering a memorial to a loved one and giving charity in Islam is important during happier, more prosperous times as a gesture of thanks to Allah (SWT).