Charity in Islam is very important and plays a big role. There are many ways charity is given in Islam, and one of those ways is through Sadaqah Jariyah.
What is Sadaqah Jariyah?
Translated to English, Sadaqah Jariyah means ‘voluntary charity’. It is sometimes called ‘alms’, which means giving something to someone in need. Sadaqah Jariyah is the act of voluntarily making a long-term charitable contribution that continues to benefit someone other than yourself.
Is Sadaqah the same as Sadaqah Jariyah?
Sadaqah is not the same as Sadaqah Jariyah, despite the fact they share a similar name. Sadaqah is the act of giving short-term charity, such as buying a meal for a homeless person which will see them through one day. Sadaqah Jariyah is the act of giving long-term charity, such as donating a water well to a community that lacks access to clean water which will support them for months and years to come.
What Acts are Considered as Sadaqah Jariyah?
There are many things a Muslim may do that are considered as Sadaqah Jariyah, including:
- Sponsoring an orphan – this will benefit the child in the long-term which makes it an act of Sadaqah Jariyah
- Providing education for free – an education is one of the most powerful gifts a person can give and is something that could change the course of a person’s life forever, making it an act of Sadaqah Jariyah
- Giving water – there are many communities around the world that do not have access to clean water, but donating to a water appeal will ensure they are sustained for a long time to come
- Planting crops/trees – food-bearing crops, like water, can sustain communities for months and years, therefore qualifying as Sadaqah Jariyah
- Build an establishment – when you build a mosque, hospital or school, generations of people will be able to benefit in the long-term
These are just some acts of Sadaqah Jariyah, but anything that benefits someone in need for an extended period of time may be considered Sadaqah Jariyah.
What is the best Sadaqah Jariyah?
Any act of charity is greatly appreciated and pleases Allah (SWT), especially Sadaqah Jariyah which continues to give support to someone who needs it. Whilst this is true, there are some causes that may be considered more of a priority than others, including the act of donating to a water well or planting food-bearing crops. Hunger and thirst are deadly issues that still affect so many people around the world, but every donation towards easing the effects of hunger and thirst has the power to save a life immediately.
Why do Muslims give Sadaqah Jariyah?
Muslims give Sadaqah Jariyah to help brothers and sisters in need. Muslims who give charity are rewarded for doing so, but the rewards for donating Sadaqah Jariyah are greater because, for as long as the act of charity benefits someone, the donor will be rewarded.
“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)
Give Sadaqah Jariyah
You may give Sadaqah Jariyah by carrying out an act yourself, or you may do it by making a charitable donation to Orphans in Need to one of our appeals like our Sponsor an Orphan appeal.