KNOWLEDGE SEEKING & SPREADING
The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who will pray for him.” Narrated by Muslim, 3084.
Often it is asked, “What types of Sadaqah can I give to?”
The Answer, one of the best types of Sadaqah to give is that which is ongoing (continues after your death).
Knowledge that is taught through your donation is a great and much needed Sadaqah. Not only do you benefit because you gave in charity but rather other benefit because they learn and so you both continue to earn countless rewards as long this knowledge continues to be learnt, implemented and spread.
It is also reported that, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“The good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: knowledge which he learned and then spread; a righteous son whom he leaves behind; a copy of the Qur’aan that he leaves as a legacy; a mosque that he built; a house that he built for wayfarers; a canal that he dug; or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his death.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.
So here we see further evidence and encouragement toward the spreading of knowledge & facilitating learning avenues with its virtue.
Finally, The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told us that every man will be shaded by his charity on the Day of Resurrection, the day on which the sun will be brought close to people’s heads until Allah passes judgement between them. Narrated by Ahmad, 16882; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4510
Don’t hold back from this great and unfortunately neglected field of charity. For most, it is more essential than their food or drink!