Sadaqa Jariya - Perpetual Charity
Sadaqa Jariya is a Sadaqa (Charity) that when it is given (there are various forms of Sadaqa Jariya), its rewards will still be accumulated even after our death and while we are in the grave.
And in Judgment day, Insha-Allah, Allah (SWT) will show us the true rewards of that sadaqa (or sadaqat in plurial) we gave which will, Insha-Allah (by the will of Allah (SWT), be a door opener for us, the door of Jenna.
In Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) - 2:274, Allah (SWT) describes
“Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Quran 2:274)
Give Sadaqa Jariya before you are put in the grave
One day, we'll be leaving this earthly life and go to another different life in the grave, and when we do, our wealth, our houses and cars will remain except for our deeds and three other deeds where their rewards will follow you and continue to accumulate even after you are buried.
Abu Huraira (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying: When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased). [Sahih Muslim – Book 13 – Hadith 4005]
So get your passport stamped with 'La Ilaha Ila-Lah, Muhammaden Rasoulel-Lah' (There is not God but Allah, and Muhammad - SAAWS is his Messenger), fill up your suitcase with Sadaqat Jariya.
Remember, anything you can give to help our Islamic Center of Reading, PA and its community, you are not doing it for the sake of Allah (SWT), but for your sake because you are the one who is in need of Allah's (SWT) Blessings and Mercy.
When you give, make sure you can give without burdening yourself and your family, and if you can, give generously.
I give you more ways to get more Sadaqa Jariya
1. Donate and/or actively participate in building of a Mesjid.
2. Building, or donating to build an Orphanage.
3. Raising, full or part sponsoring an orphan.
4. Teach someone to recite Quran and every time they recite it (The Quran), you will get sadaqa jariya, even after your death. If the person you thought the Quran end up teaching the Quran to someone else, every time the new student recites the Quran, you will receive a sadaqa jariya from reciting the Quran even after you've long died till that new student passes away
5. Give copies of the Holy Quran and each time they read from it, you will receive sadaqa jariya.
6. Donating to build a school or providing Islamic reading materials for our Sunday School program (books, lunch for our students) When the students use the learning materials you provided it to help them acquire knowledge, you get sadaqa jariya.
7. Again, give away Islamic reading materials will get you sadaqa jariya and the more you give, the more you get.
8. Teach someone to read the Quran or recite Dua and/or Dikr ( Remembrance of Allah ) and each time that someone grabs the Quran and starts reciting, or make dua, you will gain sadaqa jariya.
9. Share, via online, social media such as our Facebook and Youtube channel any good Islamic lectures, Khutbas, every time it is viewed/shared, you and the person who shared it will get sadaqa jariya.
10. Whatever you can do to people who happen to be sick, or in hospital, visit them often (short amount of time though) and every time they feel happy from your short visit and maybe smile, you will get sadaqat jariya.
11. Donating something that will heal the sick, clothe the poor, feed the hungry and the orphan will gain you sadaqat jariya.
12. Help a child to continue his or her Education.
13. Donate to dig and build water wells, or construct water tanks, and when others benefit from them, you will gain sadaqa jariya.
14. Plant trees or donate for planting tree(s), each time people or animals sits under the shade, or eats its fruits, you will gain sadaqa jariya
15. Give water to thirsty travelers, or place a water cooler in a public place will gain you sadaqa jariya everytime people drink.
Again, sadaqa jariya is anything that you give or build that will benefit others for a very long time after your death. Now, every time you give something that will benefit someone, like teaching the quran, or building a well, when the person who learned from you goes and teach someone else the quran, you will, Insha-Allah, receive sadaqa jariya from the person you thought the Quran to, plus from the person who recites the Quran after learning it form the person you thought.
As far as the well, imagine someone brings an empty bucket to the well, drinks the water from the well then fills it up the empty bucket with water, then takes it to his family to be used for food, washing clothes, performing wudu. Imagine how many good deeds you received just for that day. And this will continue each and every day and every time uses that well you built.
Helping run and maintain a Mesjid
First and foremost, we know that a Mesjid is the house of Allah (SWT) and unlike a Mesjid back home where its maintenance cost is taken care of by the government (some still donate to that Mesjid though), our Mesjid needs maintenance, water, electricity, heat, school supplies for our children, and so on and on.
Allah (SWT) is not in need of our Sadaqa - We Are
Someone might think that since a Mesjid is a house of Allah (SWT), Allah (SWT) will take care of its needs such as paying for the bills, and so on. Yes Allah (SWT) can easily do that but imagine if He (Allah - SWT) came down and took care of all the poor, fed all the hungry, clothed all the naked, and paid the bills of every Mesjid Himself, instead of using us to perform those deeds! How else are we going to get our rewards and Allah's (SWT) blessings and mercy and enter paradise?
Do we think that our prayers, the fard (obligatory) and the sunnah prayers, will help us enter Jenna (Paradise)? If we believe that is the case, then how do we know, for sure, that the prayers we performed were accepted or not? How do we know that we prayed as instructed by the Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS)?
It will take more than our prayers to enter paradise! It will take Allah's (SWT) Mercy upon us for us to enter Jenna! But how are we to be blessed with Allah's (SWT) Mercy if we don't perform other good deeds thought to use by our Creator Himself, and by our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS)?
Allah (SWT) will look into our heart and at the deeds we performed towards others (Muslims or Non-Muslims, animals) and from then, Insha-Allah, He (Allah - SWT) will bless us with his Mercy and open the door of Jenna to us.
Sadaqa Jariya to help others
Now imagine it is a cold day and someone comes to pray Jumuaa (or any other obligatory prayers), gets into the Mesjid and is greeted with a warm feeling of comfort because of the heat that is keeping the Mesjid warm. Now imagine you were the one who's been helping to keep that Mesjid warm in cold winter months, through your financial donation - Al-Hamdou Lil-Lah, and making it easy for your brothers and sisters to come and pray comfortably.
Do you think there is no rewards for your deeds? Do you think that $25 (or whatever you could give that day/month) is too small and means nothing? Just in case you do, well know that in the eyes of Allah (SWT), $25 you gave is worth more than what you can imagine.
But if you can give generously, and still be able to live comfortably and provide your for your family, give generously while remembering that Allah (SWT) will ask us about the money, wealth He gave us and what we did with it.
We don't want to be like the person who is in front of Allah (SWT) being asked the question about what he did with the wealth Allah (SWT) gave him, and find out that he could've given more but he only gave less. Did he think that the wealth Allah (SWT) gave him was only for him and his family? Did he believe that he will not be questioned about it?
From that wealth Allah (SWT) gave him, only a percentage was to be spent on him and his family, and the rest was meant to help others in need, or build a well, a school, a Mesjid.
Wouldn't have been better for that person to have answered, when asked by Allah (SWT) about the wealth He gave him, 'I gave it all to the needy, helped maintain a Mesjid, fed the hungry and clothed the naked'?
I am not saying you should give $25 or a million dollars! All I am saying is that we should give as much as we can if doing so will not make it a hardship for us and our family.
Give Sadaqa today for your tomorrow's rewards, and don't wait till tomorrow - Because tomorrow is not guaranteed!
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