What is Sadaqah Jariyah?
Sadaqah Jariyah is among the three deeds that will accompany you in the grave. Ponder upon this... a deed that will support you even after leading this life. And, in this life you have the opportunity to do great things. An act of kindness is a good example. While according to Wikipedia, Sadaqah (link opens in a new tab/window) is a voluntary act of kindness, Sadaqah Jariyah is a type of Sadaqah of where your act of giving actually lasts forever - even beyond the grave! Sadaqah in Arabic means ‘charity’ followed by Jariyah which means ‘ongoing’.
Types of Sadaqah Jariyah
Examples of Sadaqah Jariyah include: to dig a well, to provide cataract eye surgery, to build a mosque, and to sponsor an orphan. In the Qur’an Sadaqah is mentioned thirteen times and it covers all kinds of charity in the form of giving. Things that mean small to you can have huge impact to someone else, like a water well donation that provides clean drinking water to thousands of people.