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What is Sadaqah Jariyah?
Sadaqah Jariyah means ‘a continuous, ongoing, flowing charity’.
While sadaqah benefits the recipient once, Sadaqah Jariyah continues to benefit the recipient(s) for a long time.
In this way, you will receive countless rewards for a single donation, even after you have passed away.
You can also give on behalf of a loved one who is no longer with us, as they will continue to gain reward from it for as long as people continue to benefit from it.
Our Sadaqah Jariyah Projects
Your generous donations help facilitate:
Well construction, rehabilitation and maintenance
Setting up small shops for widows and other livelihood projects
Gifting farmers in Mali with the tools they need to earn a sustainable livelihood
Planting fruit trees in poor farming communities
Donating chickens and other livestock in poor, rural communities
Providing vocational training and sewing machines to women in Pakistan & Mali
Giving Water: The Best Sadaqah Jariyah
‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”’. [Abu Dawud]
We learn two important things from this hadith; the first is that we are encouraged to give Sadaqah Jariyah on behalf of a deceased loved one, the second is that the best form of Sadaqah Jariyah we can give is water.
Why water? In the Quran Allah SWT tells us:
“And we made every living thing of water” (Quran 21:30).
We use water for everything, from cooking and cleaning to farming and hygiene.
Communities who don’t have access to clean water face unimaginable difficulties; their health, education and livelihoods suffer, trapping each generation in a tragic cycle of poverty.
By giving water, you can make a difference to families in need for generations to come, bringing the entire community back to life!
Give The Best Sadaqah
Your Sadaqah Jariyah in Action
How 3 Goats Empowered Fati Tahirou's Family
Fati Tahirou, a 41-year-old widow and mother of 5 supported her family by working as a housekeeper on a part-time basis. With not enough work to earn a living, Fati struggled to provide for her family. Receiving livestock gave Fati her life back – read more about her story.
Market Shop Brings Hope for Tata Fortana
After losing her husband, Tata Fortana from Mali constantly worried about how she would support herself in a community with few opportunities for women to earn a living. Learn more about how a Hope Shop changed life for her and other needy women in her community.
Frequently Asked Questions
A. Sadaqah is the act of charity given purely out of compassion, love, friendship, religious duty or generosity. It’s the smile you give to your neighbour, the potential harm you remove from someone’s pathway, the food you feed to the needy or the well you dig to quench someone’s thirst.
• Given in any amount
• Given at any time
• Given to anyone in need of help
• Can be given on behalf of another person
• 2.5 % of annual savings
• Given annually
• Given to a specific group of people i.e. the poor, the wayfarers, recent reverts to Islam
• Cannot be given on behalf on anybody
A. • Sadaqah lillah: Charity for the sake of Allah
• Sadaqah Jariyah: Continuous charity
•Waqf: Assets that are donated, bequeathed, or purchased for the purpose of being held in perpetual trust as ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah) or for a general or specific cause that Islam regards as socially beneficial
A. There are many benefits in giving Sadaqah. It is ultimately an investment for the hereafter. With Sadaqah comes an immense reward as well as forgiveness for our sins, as the Prophet (saw) said, ‘Charity extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire’. (Tirmidhi)
Those who give Sadaqah are promised by Allah (swt) that they have not lost anything; rather, the more you give for the sake of Allah (swt), the more Allah will give to you. He (swt) has promised that he will multiply the reward of giving charity by at least 700 times:
’The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing’. (Qur’an, 2:261)
Don’t miss out on these amazing blessings; take advantage of this divine promise!
Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).