I recently came across an article about vandalism in the graveyard. There was an accompanying picture of the vandalized tombstone. What struck me however, wasn’t the vandalism, but rather the year inscribed on the plaque. The year of my birth…
That really hit me because someone out there has been dead for as long as I’ve been alive. Someone out there has been dead for longer than I’ve been alive. Someone out there has been dead for longer than the oldest living person. And one day that’ll and be our reality too. And that is scary because we will all spend more time in our graves than we will on this earth.
Yet we make preparations for daily life and none for the aakhira. I’m saying this from my observations of people: there will be no one to pray for you when you die, you cannot rely on others to repent for you. I have seen time and again how the people who supposedly loved you will move on and forget you. In fact your own loved ones (children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts and uncles and yes even spouses and in some cases especially spouses) will be hard pressed to pray for you.
Life is unpredictable, we don’t know how many children we’ll have or if we’ll even have children. We don’t know when we will get married or if we will even get married. The one thing we do know for certain, however, is that we will die.
That’s why we need to leave some lasting form of sadaqah behind so that even after we die we can still earn good deeds. Below listed are a few things we can do to earn ever lasting reward In Shaa Allah:
♡ Spread Islamic knowledge.
In years to come books will change, social media will change. What is relevant now may not even exist then. But the one thing that will exist is knowledge that is practiced upon and spread by teaching. Teach your family a sunnah or a dua so that they may teach others. In turn this will be passed on to the next generation and the one thereafter thus creating a continuous chain which will earn us continuous reward. In Shaa Allah.
♡Build a water well or plant a tree
If you cannot physically do it yourself then donate to an institution that will be able to do so. Water wells and boreholes are expensive, but even if you contribute a small amount to it you will still be rewarded for it. It’s not the amount that counts, rather it is the intention behind the deed.
♡Donate towards a Masjid
Again an expensive venture but donate whatever little you can to such a cause. Do not think little of whatever small amount you can give. Allah looks not at the amount but rather at the intention.
♡Donate a Quran
My mother’s grandmother gave each of her grandchildren a Quran when they got married. Up till today my mother still uses the same Quraan that was given to her by her late grandmother. Subhanallah imagine her reward.
♡Purchase a musallah/burka/abaya for your loved ones
Every time they make use of of it to pray you will be rewarded.
♡Donate kitaabs/a blackboard to a madressah
Every time they make use of the kitaab to learn or the board to teach you will be rewarded