“Who will lend Allah a good loan so that he can increase it many times?” (Quran 2:245)
A continuing charity – sadaqah jariya – is one of the most valuable acts we can do in this life, which continues benefiting us in the afterlife. When the effect of just one donation is multiplied to help family after family, earning livelihoods for years to come, this is a form of sadaqah jariya, or ongoing charity. The Quran describes the reward of spending in charity as “a grain of corn which grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains” (2:261).
Abu Malik al-Ashari (r.a.) (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale. SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is proof (of one’s faith). Endurance is a brightness and the Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.” (Muslim, 432)