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You Can Get Continuous Reward Even After Passing Away… Here Is How

Can Good Deeds Be Continuously Rewarded?

Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Muslim)

Commenting on this hadith, Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

“The scholars said, the meaning of this hadith is that the deeds of the deceased come to an end as soon as he or she dies, and the renewal of reward ceases for him or her, except in these three cases because he or she is the cause of them:

  • his or her offspring is counted among his or her earnings,
  • the knowledge that he or she leaves behind through teaching or writing,
  • ongoing charity, i.e., a waqf (Islamic endowment).”

The narration below adds further details:

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Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

Among the acts and 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’an 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.” (Ibn Majah — authenticated by Al-Albani)

Planning for the Journey

As a matter of fact, anyone who has ever been on an out-of-town journey would testify to the pre-travel stress and jitters. One aspect of the preparations is to make sure that the packing is done properly and that the travel arrangements are adequately made.

Another aspect of planning a journey, however, is to ensure that everything the traveler leaves behind, from his or her belongings, to his or her family, to his or her house, is well-protected and cared for, until he or she returns.

This analogy can be appropriately applied to the life of  believers. Not only do they prepare for their journeys to the hereafter, which begins with their deaths, but they also ensure that what they leave behind in the world is also beneficial for them after they has gone. In the Qur’an Almighty Allah says,

{What is with you passes away and what is with Allah is enduring.} (An-Nahl 16: 96)

It was narrated that a sheep was slaughtered at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and given in charity, except for its thigh.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked ‘A’ishah, “What is left of it?

She said, “Nothing is left except the thigh.” He said, “All of it will remain except its thigh.”  (At-Tirmidhi) 

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