Definition of "Al-sadaqah al-jariah"
A form of charity, benefits of which continue to accrue over generations, such as building a mosque, providing a well for drinking-water and constructing inns for travelers, etc. The range of al-sadaqah al-jariah is very broad. The establishment of charitable trusts (awqaf ) is an important example. The Muslims have been exhorted by the Prophet to invest their wealth in al-sadaqah al-jariah with promise of rich reward in the hereafter. Spending on such acts carries a high value in the Muslim society.