Number 2 on our compilation is Sadaqah – Charity. Allah loves givers and The Prophet (SAW) said that “the upper hand is better than the lower hand. The upper hand is that of the give the lower hand is that of the beggar” (Muslim). The best part is you can actually give charity to your family! What could be better? You can give charity to members of your family –immediate or extended and get rewarded f0r it – we do this already anyway, might as well get rewarded for it. So make the intention of giving sadaqah the next time you help a relative.
Allah says in Q63:10 what is translated as And spend [in the way of Allah ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous (good doers).”
Sadaqah Jariya is the type of charity that is continuous i.e. people continue to benefit from that charity even after the giver passes on.
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that The Prophet (SAW) 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).”
It’s basically the gift that keeps on giving.
Examples of Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) include but is not limited to:
- Building a mosque
- Providing free shelter
- Donating copies of the Quran
- Teaching the deen
- Building a well or bore hole
- Sponsoring a student
- Donate learning materials to a school
- Sponsor an orphan
This hadith summarizes it all. As reported by Adi bin Hatim (RA), The Prophet (SAW) saying: “Protect yourself from (Hell) Fire, by giving of half of a date (in charity)”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Also refer to several ahadith in The Book of Zakat, Sahih Muslim
Barakallahu lee wa lakum
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ