In Islam there are two kinds of charity, Zakat (compulsory) and Sadqah (optional). Both types of charities have benefits and are encouraged not just to support the poor and needy but to purify your money, alleviate trial and tribulations, and increase your piety.
Sadaqah can be broken down into two categories:
Sadaqah is a voluntary act of charity, for the sake of Allah. These actions are not always physical or monetary; simple acts are all seen as sadaqah such as good deeds, providing a helping hand, and even something as little as a smile.
Continuous charity (sadqah jariya) rtefers to such a good deed, the benefit of which is continuous and the reward for it will be given to the person who performs that act throughout his life and after it.
Abu Hurayra narrates the Holy Prophet PBUH:
When a person dies his actions are terminated except for three: continuous charity (sadqah jariya), beneficial knowledge, and a righteous child who prays for him. Muslim
Benefits of Sadaqah in Islam
The benefits of these charitable actions are defined by many of the teachings of The Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH. These actions are so rewarding that they will continue long after a person is gone as long as others continue to enjoy the benefits of the act.
You can also give sadaqah jariyah (ongoing charity) on behalf of your loved ones, and they will continue to receive the reward of the charity as long as others continue to benefit from it.
We at Minhaj Welfare Foundation have a number of different campaigns and humanitarian projects supporting the poor and deprived people across the world. Your support in form of Sadaqah will help us keep going on with welfare projects.