Acts of Sadaqah should be done regularly and willingly, as we have been taught by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). There are many forms of Sadaqah and many acts you can do to gain rewards in charity. While Sadaqah does not have to be in financial form, your monetary donation to the needy helps them immensely.
Sadaqah Jariyah Examples
- Giving Qur’ans to a mosque – you will get a reward for everyone who reads from them.
- Sponsoring an orphan – as they grow up to be good pious adults, you will get the reward.
- Donating materials to a hospital, such as wheelchairs and crutches for patients to use.
- Teaching someone good beneficial knowledge for them to implement and teach to others.
- Gifting an Islamic book to someone – you get the reward when they read it.
Sadaqah Jariyah for the Deceased
Sadaqah Jariyah can also be earned by the deceased through their actions when they were alive or through the actions of others who dedicate it to the deceased. Many people choose to dedicate acts of Sadaqah to their deceased parents.
Some of the best Safaqah Jariyah for the deceased can be by building a masjid, a water well, or a water pump on behalf of the deceased. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was asked: “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”.’ [Abu Dawud]
Sadaqah Hadiths and Qur’an Quotes
It is important to not boast about the Sadaqah you perform and keep it between you and Allah (SWT). “O you who believe, do not nullify your acts of charity by boasting about (doing people a) a favour and by causing (them) hurt, like the one who spends his wealth to show off before people and does not believe in Allah and in the Last Day. So, his example is like a rock on which there is dust, then a heavy rain came over it and left it barren. They have no ability to gain anything out of what they have done, and Allah does not give guidance to the people who disbelieve.” – Surah Al Baqarah 2:264
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), through his teachings and practices, has shown us the importance of giving charity. In a hadith, he said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
In another hadith, relating to Sadaqah Jariyah, he said: "When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)." (Muslim)
When to Give Sadaqah Jariyah
Acts of Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah can be performed at any time! As a very virtuous action, it holds a lot of rewards for being voluntary. However, it should be given every day, if possible, in whatever form possible, such as material or financial.
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
Donate to Orphans in Need
Donate Sadaqah to Orphans in Need to provide orphans and families with essentials such as food parcels, water, medication, shelter, and other materials.