Hadith on Deeds: Three deeds that continue to benefit after death

📖Sahih Muslim 1631
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity, or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased).

  • This hadith from Sahih Muslim 1631 teaches that when a person dies, their worldly deeds and actions come to an end, except for three things that can continue to benefit them even after their death. The first of these is Sadaqah Jariyah or recurring charity, which is a charitable act that continues to benefit people long after it has been made. This could include building a well, a hospital, or a school that continues to serve the community even after the person who made the donation has passed away. The second is beneficial knowledge that a person shares and teaches others, which continues to benefit people after the person’s death. This could be knowledge related to religious, scientific, or any other field that helps people in their lives. The third is a pious child who prays for the forgiveness and mercy of their deceased parent. The supplications of a righteous child can be a source of ongoing benefit and reward for the parent even after they have passed away.

Overall, this hadith emphasizes the importance of performing good deeds and leaving a positive legacy that can continue to benefit others even after we are gone.